MOPANI Copper Mines executive officer Chris Vermeulen says Zambian public companies will not grow their operations if they do not work with the community. Yesterday Mopani Copper Mines plc handed over an ablution block at Malela temporary market, Mufulira Police Station fence, and the Mufulira Correctional Centre perimeter fence, all constructed at K3 million.
Speaking at the official hand over held at Mufulira Correctional Centre, Vermeulen said MCM was finding it difficult to share the company’s resources to the two benefiting towns (Mufulira and Kitwe) as both needed help.
“We as companies, we need to play our role in giving back to the community because we cannot grow our companies if we are not contributing to the development of our communities,” he said.
Vermeulen said the company intends to support Kitwe and Mufulira in projects that would help better residents’ living standards.
He said when Buteko market was gutted, Mopani was saddened and decided to join hands with the local leadership to discuss ways the company could help in mitigating the problem.
Vermeulen said his company believed that securing of government facilities was also a way of giving back to the community
He said apart from fencing the government facilities, his company had leveled the parking areas as well as provided industrial piped water to the council offices for irrigation purposes.
“In bettering the lives of our people in the two districts, we feel we need to give back to the community through various projects such as the fencing of government facilities and providing water and this can only be done if we also work with our leaders in the two districts,” said Vermeulen.
And regional commanding officer Wilson Mbewe said Mufulira District Correctional Facility was heavily populated and there was need for the government to come on board and help finance the construction of four dormitories at the prison.
He said if four dormitories were constructed, they could curb congestion.
Mbewe said in implementing the project, the correctional service would use its remandees from Kamfinsa Correctional Service as bricklayers and carpenters.
“We have received pockets of cement which were donated by Larfarge of Ndola which we intend to use for starting the projects as we are waiting for support from other well-wishers. I also wish to mention that we are going to use our technical staff that includes bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and our inmates as we had done at Kamfinsa Correctional Facility in Kitwe where eight newly constructed dormitories were commissioned recently,” said Mbewe.
Copperbelt minister Japhen Mwakalombe said the government had prioritised infrastructure development.
He said infrastructure development was key to the country as it enhanced job creation and economic development.