ARTHUR MWANSA, Kabwe
CENTRAL Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has warned that the provincial administration will not tolerate
foreign investors flouting labour laws by paying slave wages to workers.
Speaking when he commissioned the S & S Auto Zambia Limited plant in Kabwe on Saturday, Mr Mushanga said foreign investors should at all times endeavour to create a win-win working environment with their local employees.
Mr Mushanga said the provincial administration will not entertain investors that will be found paying slave wages to their workers.
“I want to be very straight when I talk about labour matters, it should be a win-win situation. My office will not allow slaves wages, employees must also benefit. Money should not just go out of this country without the lives of our people getting better,” he said.
The S & S Auto Zambia Limited plant will create about 80 job opportunities for the local people when fully operational.
Mr Mushanga urged more foreign investors to consider investing in Central Province because of its adequate land.
He applauded the Chinese company SHACMAN for investing in Kabwe, a place which was once considered to be a ghost town.
Mr Mushanga assured investors that Kabwe is no longer a ghost town because it has been transformed into an investment destination.
He appealed to the banking community and other sectors to take advantage of the new investments in the province to open branches in the region.
SHACMAN managing director Ye Pengtao lauded Government for its continued provision of an enabling environment for Chinese investment.
And S & S Auto Zambia Limited vice general manager Yang Jun said his company is proud to invest in Central Province.