THE health and safety of employees is a top priority in the company because healthy workers are more engaged, productive and have high morale, says Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Chairman Tom Albanese.
Mr Albanese, who is also chief executive officer of Vedanta Resources Plc (KCM’s parent company), said the health of employees was of critical importance as the company sought to drive Vedanta’s 50-year vision of mining in Zambia.
Addressing workers at the KCM head office in Chingola, Mr Albanese said the company had a 50-year vision for the mining firm.
“We need you to be healthy to help the company realise the vision, hence the need to implement such wellness programmes that promote the health of the workers.
“The health initiative will involve employees walking at least 10,000 steps every day to keep fit and getting involved in sporting activities such as football, netball, volleyball, cycling and others,” he said.
Mr Albanese also urged employees to live healthy lives by engaging in exercises and maintaining a good diet.
He said poor global economic fundamentals, low copper price and a nationwide power deficit would not stop KCM from pursuing its goals to increase copper production through various initiatives, including cost reduction.
“We will prevail despite the challenges we are facing. Together we can do it. We will come out stronger. That is why we need you to be healthy and have strength in your body and mind,” he said.
And KCM chief executive officer Steven Din, speaking at the launch of the ‘Nchingilile Ubumi’ campaign, said the programme did not only encourage employee fitness but also created a platform for team building and social interaction.
“Initiatives such as ‘Nchingilile Ubumi’ signify the importance of team building and working together for a common cause. “KCM management hopes that such activities will have a positive impact on individuals as well as the organisation,” Mr Din Said.
Mr Din said it was imperative for all employees to remain steadfast and focused on increasing production.