Konkola Copper Mines has introduced a computerized entry system to prevent rampant theft of copper and equipment.
This means that mine suppliers entering the company’s premises will first have their finger prints taken and used for configuration whenever they will visit the mine.
And Mine Suppliers and Contractors Association president Fanuel Banda has called on members to remain calm in view of the newly introduced computerized access to the mine.
Mr. Banda has told members that the introduction of computerized entry to the plant is meant to prevent theft of copper and equipment.
Mr Banda says KCM has agreed to extend the computerization of access to the plant by people operating at the company so that all the registered suppliers and contractors are covered.
He says his association has held meetings with KCM management and the company has undertaken to extend the exercise in order to cover all members.
Mr Banda says KCM’s resolve to extend the exercise is in recognition of the fact that there was no proper communication to the stakeholders before the company introduced the system.
He says most suppliers and contractors were caught unawares because they were being barred until their finger prints had been taken resulting into confusion at the main gate, resulting into loss of business by suppliers.