GOVERNMENT has revoked licences for PCB and Kampoko Mineral Resources, which were carrying out gold mining exploration in Kasenseli in Mwinilunga district. Gold deposits have been discovered in Kasenseli and the two companies have allegedly been engaging in illegal mining of the mineral. Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines-Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH) chief executive officer Mabvuto Chipata said the exploration licences for PCB and Kampoko Mineral Resources have been transferred to ZCCM-IH and will be operated by ZCCM-Gold Company, which has been mandated by Government to harness the gold sector in the country. Mr Chipata said when he paid a courtesy call on Mwinilunga District Commissioner Arnott Mapulanga on Wednesday that ZCCM-Gold Company will partner with the previous licence holders in exploiting the mineral in Kasenseli.
Mr Chipata said ZCCMGold Company will quickly secure the mine premises by putting up a fence to prevent illegal mining activities. “We need to enhance security in the area to ensure that we continue to preserve the resource before we can start to mine it properly,” he said. Mr Chipata also said the company will work closely with the local people to improve their livelihoods.
“We have a number of corporate social responsibility programmes we are going to implement, including those that will be recommended by our environmental teams, as well as those which require improving social amenities,” he said. Mr Chipata said ZCCMGold Company has been tasked to do explorations countrywide in areas where gold deposits have been discovered, conduct mining activities, as well as processing and marketing of the resource. “Our mandate is to organise this sector [gold sector] to ensure that we provide a transparent market, and also to be able to empower people with better tools to enable them to properly extract gold,” he said. Mr Chipata said ZCCMIH will ensure that as the company conducts mining activities in various parts of the country, it does not cause harm to the environment.
“With regards to Kasenseli, we have taken an inclusive approach where we are partnering with the previous licence holders instead of excluding them,” he said. Mr Chipata also said ZCCMGold Company is going to work with the Chibwika Chiefdom Development Trust, which will be allowed to participate in gold mining in Kasenseli. “That is the way we have structured our approach to ensure that the community is involved,” he said.