Lumwana welcomes reintroduction of the ZCCM sports festival
Barrick Lumwana Mining Company has joined several Copperbelt mining companies that have welcomed the reintroduction of the ZCCM sports festival which will now be called Mining and Allied Industries Sports Festival.
The festival which will encompass various sporting disciplines is expected to start late this year and will be an annual event not only for mining companies but will include other firms.
Lumwana Mining Company Acting Managing Director Wayne Schiller said his company is ready to partner with government in developing sports through the sports festival which is set to be reintroduced.
Wayne Schiller expressed gratitude that his firm has been considered by government as a partner in developing sports in Zambia.
He told Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili and his delegation who called on him and Lumwana management that the company would like to be associated with various sports in Zambia.
He said his company has been supporting minor sports in North Western Province through the company’s community health welfare which he said has been doing so well.
He however could not disclose how much the company will pump into the sports festival and the team it intends to sponsor.
Schiller was also agreeable to the proposal by Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili who asked the mine to also contribute towards the salaries of the national team coaches.
Mr Kambwili held a meeting with Lumwana management over the sponsorship of local teams and the funding of the hosting of the Zone 6 games which Zambia is privileged to host in December this year.
The Minister explained that government has noticed that sports have been dwindling from the time ZCCM was privatized due to lack of sponsorship.
He observed that mining companies have a duty to sponsor sports in the country as part of ploughing back into the community where they operate.
He noted that government alone cannot manage to pay the US$100,000 for coaches and the K113 billion for hosting of the 2012 Zone 6 games.
He however vowed that the Patriotic Front will not fail to host any tournament like the previous governments which he said failed to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980s and the All Africa an Games in 2008.
All the Mining Companies on the Copperbelt have been approached over the sports festival, sponsoring of local clubs and the funds for the coaches and Zone 6 games.