Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) plans to build 100 houses of families whose houses have developed cracks because of the impact of mine blasting activities in Nchanga South in Chingola. The mining giant will build the houses on humanitarian ground and has since written to the Chingola Municipal Council (CMC) to secure land where to relocate the affected households.
KCM corporate affairs general manager Eugene Chungu said the company is committed to working closely with stakeholders in its areas of operation . Mr Chungu said KCM has engaged various stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the plight of 100 families who have been living in the houses in question for over 15 years.
This is contained in a letter dated August 23, this year, addressed to the Chingola Municipal Council and copied to Nchanga Member of Parliament Chali Chilombo and District Commissioner Mary Chibesa. “Please note that in doing so and in offering this support, KCM does not in any way accept liability of any nature with respect to this.
The support is purely on humanitarian ground and because KCM is a responsible corporate citizen with an indelible concern and attention to the welfare, safety and prosperity of the community in which it operates,” Mr Chungu said.
He said the relocation programme will go a long way in assuring the community of the mining company’s commitment in safeguarding lives and upholding safety related issues in areas of its operations. The mining firm has since called on stakeholders to contribute land and other forms of support to help conclude the relocation process.
And Chingola town clerk Kabombo Mutakela said the matter will be presented before a full council meeting where a decision will be made on the request by the mining company. The mining firm has also copied the same letter to Africa Base Metals and KCM chief executive officer Deshnee Naidoo and chief financial officer Rohit Mishra.