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Zambia mine 'finally listens' to community call

By Bellah Zulu, Communications Coordinator, JCP Zambia
Christian Aid (JCP) staff during the annual Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) march past in Lusaka, 2017

Our advocacy is producing results!

- Felix Ngosa, Christian Aid in Zambia's Senior Programmes Coordinator for Resource Governance.

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) will resettle 86 families affected by its mining activities, thanks to ongoing advocacy work by Christian Aid and its partners.

Blasting at the company's Nchanga open pit mine in Chingola town caused cracks to form in local houses.

Christian Aid in Zambia's Senior Programmes Coordinator for Resource Governance, Felix Ngosa, said he was pleased to see 'advocacy producing results'.

'We are happy that KCM has finally listened to the plight of communities affected by mining activities and will be resettling 86 households affected by blasting,' he said.

The mine's decision comes after years of advocacy from Christian Aid, its partners and other civil society organisations (CSOs) for mining that is socially and environmentally responsible and benefits host communities and the whole country.

Felix Ngosa during the Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) in Lusaka, 2018

Mr Ngosa said Christian Aid in Zambia and its partners hosted the first ever Provincial Mining Indaba in Chingola in February.

'[We hosted the confernece] where KCM operates to raise awareness and discuss various issues affecting the community in Zambia’s Copperbelt and Chingola District,' he said.

Mr Ngosa said while the news is good, engagement with the mine should continue to ensure that the new houses are of acceptable standards with all the necessary amenities, and make sure resettlement is successful.

Christian Aid's work was possible thanks to our partners the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD), the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), and Caritas Zambia.

Christian Aid in Zambia works as a joint country programme with Norwegian Church Aid and DanChurch Aid.