Government commends Lumwana

Government has paid glowing tribute to Barrick Lumwana Mining Company for its perseverance in Zambian operations and for marking 10 years of mining in North-Western Province.

Vice-President Inonge Wina has said the Zambian Government commends Barrick Lumwana Mining Company’s achievement and for having marked 10 years of operating as a major mining operation in Zambia.

Ms Wina said, through Mines and Minerals Development Minister Richard Musukwa, that Government was happy with Barrick Lumwana Mine’s operations and the fact that they clocked 10 years of operating in Zambia, speaks volumes of their commitment.

Speaking at the Barrick sponsored Vice-President’s luncheon, Lumwana Mine Country Manager Mr Nathan Chishimba said, in line with the theme of this year’s show, “Embracing Industrial Development.” the mining company’s partnership culture will permit the mining firm to embrace and develop sustainable economic activities in the Lumwana area and Zambia as a whole.

On January 1 this year, Barrick Gold Corporation completed a merger with Randgold Resources Limited to consolidate its position as the largest gold miner.

He further reiterated that Barrick prides itself as an honest and veritable partner to all its stakeholders and expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show Society for having accorded them the privilege to host the event.

“We therefore value our partnership with the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show Society, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support them through sponsorship of this function. To our government, we say that is our aspiration to be a partner of choice, and to be an honest and productive agent of development in our country and local community.” Mr Chishimba said.

He added that the focus of the new Barrick was to reposition itself as a premier gold mining company in the world.

And in her vote of thanks Show Society President Caroline Silwamba paid tribute to the Barrick Lumwana Mining Company for having been associated with the event for the last three years.

By Derrick Silimina (SUMA Systems), Times of Zambia

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