LUANSHYA Mayor Nathan Chanda says the reopening of the Baluba mine that was put under care and maintainance in 2015 will create jobs for the youths.
Mr Chanda said with the rise in copper prices on the world market the Luanshya Municipal Council was expecting China Non Ferrous Metal Company Luanshya Copper Mines (CLM) to start firing back to life after the positive trends the world copper mining industry was currently recording.
He said the re-opening of the Baluba mine and Shaft 28 would also boost the economy of Luanshya by complimenting the Mulyashi Open Pit.
” We are optimistic that Baluba mine which is on care and maintainance and Shaft 28 will be opened. Copper prices are now doing well and the Kwacha has appreciated well so we expect the two mines to be opened for the benefit of our people.We are confident that with the attractive Copper prices, things will change in Luanshya and expect that all the workers to be called back for work,” he said.
Mr Chanda said that following the meeting CLM management in which they stated that the delay in re-opening was due to low copper prices and power, he was optimistic that with the change of prices the mines would be opened.
He was hopeful that the mining sector would continue making Luanshya a better town for both investors and the locals who included the local suppliers which would positively impact on the economy of the district.
Mr Chanda said he would soon be visiting the mines to get first hand information on their plans with the increase of copper prices on the world market.
Meanwhile LMC has embarked on a series of community sensitisation activities as part of the commemoration of the Local Government Week.
LMC public relations manager Gideon Thole said the municipality had joined the rest of the of the nation in commemorating the Local Government Week which falls from August 3 to August 10 under the theme ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth’.
He said that during this period, LMC would hold community exhibitions with the aim of collecting feedback and interacting with residents on various Council functions as laid down in the Local Government Act Cap 281 of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr Thole said the Local Government Week gives an opportunity to the local authority to update residents on the progress of various developmental projects being undertaken by the Council in line with the district’s strategic plan.
“As part of the commemoration activities the Council is show casing its potential to developers and investors, apart from showing residents other social and economic development and personal advancement opportunities offered to individual residents.
As part of the programme, members of the public are being informed about the mandate of the local authoritys’ guiding principles such as openness, transparency and accountability which are required for efficient and effective service delivery to residents,” he said.
Mr Thole said in concluding the activities LMC would also award deserving rate payers, public institutions and citizens, who have directly or indirectly contributed to the local authority’s service provision, during the African Day of Decentralisation on August,10.