GOVERNMENT says it recognizes the importance that Barrick Lumwana Mining Company has attached to its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.
North-Western Province permanent secretary, Amos Malupenga, said it was encouraging that Barrick Lumwana Mining Company had come up with various innovations that were meant to benefit the community, especially the women.
Speaking after visiting the Barrick Lumwana Mining Company stand at this year’s provincial agriculture, commercial and mining show at Solwezi Stadium at the weekend, Mr Malupenga commended the mining company for the various innovations which were in line with their CSR programmes.
He said his visit to the Lumwana Mine stand exposed a lot of activities that the mining company was undertaking that were beneficial to the communities and hailed them for the importance they attached to their CSR activities.
Mr Malupenga said it was evident that Lumwana Mine was giving back to the community because of the various innovations that were in place, particularly the women empowerment programmes.
He said if Lumwana Mine empowers women, then there would be direct benefits to the communities because a woman was capable of spreading remunerations to the bigger community.
And Barrick Lumwana Mining Company small and medium enterprise development officer, Winnie Kakunta, said the mining company was working closely with the communities in ensuring that they embraced various farming methods like usage of natural resources and high value crops for sustainability.
She said women in the Lumwana communities were being taught how to promote sustainable farming methods, financial literacy and income-generating ventures that would help them withstand any forces without external influence.
Ms Kakunta said Lumwana Mine was also working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture to provide technical support for the local farmers as they venture into various farming activities so that they were able to understand the dynamics of different forms of agriculture.
She added that there were a number of capacity-building training programmes and facilitation of various issues with the markets, financial institutions and statutory business organisations such as the Patents and Companies Registrations Agency (PACRA), and the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) for them to understand the basic requirements of accessing finances and running businesses.
– Courtesy of SUMA SYSTEMS.