First Quantum Minerals (FQM) country manager Kingsley Chinkuli has praised as positive, the unique bond the mining company has with the Lunda people in North-Western Province.
“We celebrate with the Lunda people and community and thank them for extending this unique privilege and opportunity to develop the mining resource so demanded by the rest of the world,” General Chinkuli said when he paid a courtesy call on Senior Chief Kanongesha during the Chisemwa cha Lunda held at the weekend.
“FQM will support the Lunda people to seize the social and economical development opportunities presented by its huge mining investment in the province while ensuring that the environment is protected,” he added.
In keeping that pledge, the company has made unprecedented investment in education, health, conservation farming and other areas aimed at uplifting the standard of living in the province in a sustainable manner.
On the environment side, FQM would plant five trees for every tree uprooted by its mining activities at its Trident project, a new large-scale mining initiative where the first of the three potential mines, Sentinel is being developed at a cost of US$2 billion.
This year’s celebrations of the Chisemwa cha Lunda had special significance as it marked 30 years of Senior Chief Kanongesha on the throne.
FQM contributed financial and material support towards the hosting of the ceremony.