After a speeding Kitwe-bound bus crashed on the Pedicle Road in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in May 2016, killing more than 30 people and injuring several others, the first number surviving passengers called from their cellphones was 39-39 –...
One of the proudest achievements of the major mines in Zambia is how they have brought malaria under control in their neighbouring communities, and partnered with government in its National Malaria Control Programme. There are far fewer cases of malaria...
A challenge faced by most of Zambia’s mines is trying to put across the sheer scope and variety of community-based projects they have invested in over the years. Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Chingola decided to solve the problem by...
Teenage girls in mining districts are being encouraged to resist early marriage, and instead focus on getting an education. "An education means they’ve got a shot at a career and a fulfilling life," says Bruce Lewis, CSR manager at FQM’s...
Knowledge is power, and sometimes the best contribution one can make is to endow people with learning that will enable them to improve their lives. Take FQM Kansanshi’s programme to teach farmers in Solwezi how to grow maize more efficiently...
It's every town-planner’s dream – the opportunity to start with a clean sheet of paper and build an entire town from scratch. That’s Kabitaka, a purpose-built town on the outskirts of Solwezi. It boasts more than 600 owner-occupied homes, commercial and...
The most interesting thing about the mining industry’s social investment in communities is not so much the money they spend, as the original and innovative ways in which they spend it. Over some 15 years, and through the design and...
Bream is one of Zambia’s most sought-after fish, and is served in top restaurants and hotels. So a bream fish-farm is likely to be a money-spinner. That’s exactly what Lubambe Copper Mine has done in a small village outside the...

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