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Kansanshi Mine trains local contractors

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Kansanshi Mining PLC has called on local contractors who have just undertaken a construction management course to prove their excellence when carrying out projects.

Kansanshi Mine Public Relations Manager Godfrey Msiska said the mine will not come up with any deliberate policy to award contracts for construction projects to individuals who are trained by the mining firm in various courses.

ZANIS reports that Mr Msiska said all individuals who undergo any training programs offered by Kansanshi Mine will be expected to compete with other individuals and local construction companies for any contract with the mine.

He said this during the graduation ceremony for a construction course organized by First Quantum Mineral (FQM)-Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi last evening.

Mr. Msiska explained that despite FQM and HTC of South Africa being very enthusiastic in equipping Zambians with various construction skills, no graduates will be given special preference to awarding of construction projects for Kansanshi mines.

“We are pleased to have an opportunity to offer this course in construction and hope that you will add intrinsic value to the construction industry. However, there will be no deliberate policy in awarding of contracts as you are all expected to compete with other contractors,” he said.

Mr Msiska the graduates who successfully completed the construction course have the potential to deliver projects on time as they have been adequately trained to meet the required specifications for any road contractor.

He advised them to prove people who view local contractors as being incapable of doing quality construction works wrong by applying the knowledge they have acquired during the training and produce excellent results in carrying out projects.

Meanwhile, the best performing student Lawrence Makumbi said he was confident that he and his fellow graduates will be able to carry out any construction projects diligently that will be awarded to them

Mr Mukumbi said the vast knowledge they acquired from the construction courses they were taught by HTC in conjunction with Kansanshi has transformed them into competent skilled individuals.

Mr. Makumbi commended FQM for taking time to train people in the construction industry in order to improve the quality of work that is done by local contractors in Zambia.

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