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Chingola Leather cluster set to boost livelihoods

Copperbelt-leather-cluster---REPLACEMENT Self-help groups in Chingola have embraced the initiative to diversify Zambia’s economy by partnering with Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in a project aimed at producing leather products to boost household incomes. The Chingola Leather Cluster, a part of the Copperbelt Leather Industry Cluster (CLIC), commenced production of leather products in April 2017, courtesy of Konkola Copper Mines, which provided a grant for training and equipment purchases. The CLIC aims to grow a high-quality leather industry in the region by sup...

Solar powered water boreholes change lives

Two-children-take-a-refreshing-drink-of-water-from-a-tap-in-Chingola's-Hellen-settlement The nurse in charge of Kalilo Health Centre on the outskirts of Chingola Lesser Silungwe was at a loss for words when the clinic experienced a sudden inundation of people seeking health services, especially pregnant women. Ordinarily, health workers are concerned when too many people visit clinics as this might suggest a higher disease burden, but this particular case has brought about plenty of happiness. The increase in the numbers of people visiting the clinic comes after a solar-powered borehole was installed by...

Local teen footballers get ‘chance of a lifetime’

Christopher-Katongo-(second-left)-and-Oscar-Mulenga-(second-right)-alongside-age-group-teammates-at-Nchanga-Stadium Zambian teenage talents plying their soccer trade with top Konkola Copper Mines football teams who were recently conscripted into a football academy in India have given testimonies of having a moment of their lifetime. Oscar Mulenga and Christopher Katongo, aged 14 and 15, respectively, were awarded a four-year international residential training course in preparation for careers in professional football at the renowned Sesa Football Academy (SFA) in Goa in April, 2017. The teens are excited at their journey into prof...

Adults return to school with excellent results

adult-education_7236 Over 800 adults, including grandparents, have returned to school through Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) sponsorship in Zambia’s mining town of Chililabombwe. The adults, who are aged between 30 and 56, are pursuing high school studies under an adult literacy programme intended to empower the beneficiaries who dropped out of school for various reasons during their teenage. The adult literacy programme was initially tailored as a once-off event to empower adults with writing and reading proficiency during Zambia’s 50

Management Trainee programme shapes future leaders

Tarscious Creating a pool of future mining industry leaders is Konkola Copper Mines’ (KCM’s) major focus under the company’s 50-year vision to continue to mine in Zambia. A talent pool is critical to KCM after investing $3 billion in modern processing plants such as the 311kt Nchanga smelter, new concentrators at Nchanga and Konkola with a combined 15.5 million tonnes annual capacity, expansion of the Nkana refinery to 300kt annual capacity and expansions and upgrades to the mines and other existing facilities. In 2015, t...

Women empowerment ‘reinstates’ barter exchange

charity-katuta_2887 Livestock small-scale farmer Charity Katuta is a highlight of contemporary innovation as she exchanges cow milk with books for her school-going children and other food stuff to keep the family well nourished. Ms Katuta is among the first 40 Zambian beneficiaries of Konkola Copper Mines cattle empowerment project, a five-year $2.5 million project targeting to lift small scale farmers out of poverty through wealth creation. By the end of 2015, about 600 cattle had been given out to 300 farmers under the sustainable livelih...

Scholarships for top performers

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Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has awarded 15 students scholarships to study at a top university in India starting in July. They will pursue studies in various mining-related disciplines, including Electronics and Instrumentation, Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Metallurgy at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT).

The students were initially sponsored by KCM to study A’ Levels in ICT, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at Simba International School in the ...

KCM livestock project has big impact – NGO

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Cattle disease-free Copperbelt province is set to become a major livestock region following the success of the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) sustainable livelihoods livestock project implemented by Village Water Zambia. Elisha Ng’onomo, the Country Field Director for Village Water Zambia, the project implementing partner, said the whole concept that KCM was giving animals to communities was something beyond any person could dream of having from a privately-owned company.

“We at Village Water Zambia have seen tha...

We value KCM’s education model

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A top government official has described as ‘indispensable’ Konkola Copper Mines’ (KCM) contribution to the growth of the education sector in Zambia. Chishimba Nkosha, the permanent secretary for the ministry of education, science, vocational training and early education, said when he commissioned a class room complex at the KCM Konkola Trust School in Chililabombwe, that the government valued its partnership with the company in providing quality education.

He said KCM’s support to the education sector was...