By ROGERS KALERO
LUBAMBE Copper Mine will continue to strengthen its relationship with the communities through investing in communities where it operates from, Communications Manager Loyce Saili has said.
Ms Saili said Lubambe was committed to strengthening its relationship and investing in communities through sound corporate social responsibility programmes.
She was speaking after donating assorted school items worth K161, 000 to three schools in Chililabombwe to mark this year’s world corporate social responsibility day which falls on February 18.
Items donated included face masks, 50 school desks, Black boards, notice boards as well as teachers’ desks and chairs, which went to Konkola Combined School, Kasapa and Miyanda Primary Schools.
The mine also rehabilitated some old desks at some of the schools.
Over 90 countries around the world have commemorated the world corporate social responsibility day under the theme ‘rebuilding towards resilience.’
“The focus of the commemoration this year is on creating awareness among key stakeholders on the position of corporate social responsibility in recovery efforts, following the many challenges brought by the covid-19 pandemic.
“Lubambe corporate social responsibility programmes are anchored on four areas namely, health, agriculture, education and infrastructure. Through the corporate social responsibility programmes, Lubambe Copper Mine works to strengthen its relationship and investing in communities,” Ms Saili said.
At the same function, Chililabombwe District Education Standards Officer for open and distance learning, Joachim Mulenga, thanked the mine for helping uplift the standard of education in its area of operation.
Mr Mulenga said he was happy that the mine donated adequate face masks for the three schools to ensure that learners were protected from contracting Covid-19.
He advised the learners to always keep the masks clean and follow all the covid-19 protocols and assured the mine that all the donated items would be out to good use.
“Let me take advantage if this occasion to appeal to the mine to extend its corporate social responsibility programmes to other schools around the mine,” Mr Mulenga said.
Lubambe Copper Mine biggest project under its school improvement programme is the construction of a science laboratory at Konkola Combined School which was now at roof level.
The mine has also improved the status of Miyanda Primary School by painting the walls and donating books and uniforms to learners.