Influential Zambian Chief hails KCM partnership
July 30, 2015
Senior Chief Shakumbila has hailed the partnership between the Sala people and Konkola Copper Mines.
Speaking during the Ikubi Lya Loongo traditional ceremony in Nampundwe, Chief Shakumbila said his chiefdom appreciated the long-term relationship with KCM. He expressed the hope that there would be further cooperation on developmental projects in the district.
Chief Shakumbila acknowledged the donation of building materials to a value of K26, 000 by KCM. He said these wouldassist construction activities at his palace.
The Chief expressed satisfaction by KCM’s gesture saying the mining company was always there to assist the community when called upon.
KCM Community Relations Manager Brian Siatubi said traditional ceremonies play a significant role in enhancing community values and form a benchmark for cultural diversity at local level.
“We believe that the cultural events and traditional ceremonies continue to serve as platforms where cultural heritage is passed on from one generation to the other,” Mr Siatubi said.
Mr Siatubi said KCM realises that culture brings people together adding that traditional ceremonies are a great platform to sensitise people on social issues, including early marriages and community safety which are some of the problems affecting people in society.
He said every year KCM in conjunction with the Cultural Heritage Associations under the department of cultural affairs brings together cultural dance troupes to show case Zambia’s rich cultural heritage that demonstrates the lifestyle of the Zambian people in 10 provinces.
He explained that the mining firm has developed a programme that has seen a revival of cultural activities in its areas of operation from an initial participation of 6 groups in 2006 to over 30 groups in 2014.