KITWE Jerabos brought business to a stand still today in celebration of the government’s decision to give them 10 per cent of the slug dump site popularly known as “Black Mountain”.
Jerabos celebrated by driving around town in six tipper trucks laden with Patriotic Front cadres raising the PF symbol.
Home affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo announced on YAR FM yesterday that the government had resolved the impasse surrounding the Black Mountain with Nkana Alloy and ZCCM-IH that the small scale miners (jerabos) be granted 10 per cent of the facility.
The minister said the jerabos would be called small-scale miners for they would work according to the Laws of Zambia.
A week ago, President Lungu held a meeting with small scale miners on the Copperbelt.
And at a media briefing, Kitwe district PF chairperson Christopher Kang’ombe said the desicion would create more jobs for youths in the district, especially those that had relied on the slug dump.
He said the decision would help empower youths and reduce cases of illegal mining for they would be registered miners.
Kang’ombe said President Edgar Lungu had fullfiled his promise of giving back to the youths the Black Mountain which would help put food on their tables.
‘’The immediate impact of this important and timely decision is the creation of jobs for the many youths that have relied on the mine dumb site for many years,’’ said Kang’ombe.
And Richard Chileshe, popularly known as Chile 1, thanked government for the gesture.
He said the government should also consider giving the slug dump sites in Mufulira, Luanshya, Chingola and other towns in the province to the youths as a way of empowering them.
“Life is difficult in Wusakile, people are failing to have three meals (per day)and I think this gesture of giving 10 per cent to youths will bring income because people will be going there to sell foodstuffs as the Jerabos are operating, this will bring income directly and indirectly,” said Chileshe.