I AM a former miner who worked for ZCCM as a permanent employee in Mufulira from 1972 to 1979.
I joined Mpelembe Drilling which was a subsidiary company under ZCCM, Luanshya Division as a contractor. In short, I was on contract from 1983 to 1992.
For all these years, I worked underground and gained a lot of experience.
A lot of these rock-fall accidents happen in areas where contractors work. These areas are not safe for people to work in and the owners of these contracts accept to be given these areas. And they employ people to work in these dangerous areas.
The wages for these poor miners are pathetic. Up to now, most former Mpelembe Drilling employees have not been given their benefits and some have died without getting their money.
Their families have gone through a lot of financial problems and most of their children have stopped going to school.