WE HAVE heard about prospective buyers of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) visiting Chingola and Chililabombwe to see what they are likely to inherit if their bids are successful.
Unfortunately, none of the prospective owners have bothered to pass through the mine townships, let alone, interview residents of Chingola, Chililabombwe or Nampundwe, to hear what the copper mine means to them.
It will be important for investors to appreciate people and their culture before taking over KCM.
For instance, all the aspiring investors in KCM should not only take over the mines but should also commit to sponsoring Nchanga Rangers, Konkola Blades and Nampundwe football clubs, including other sports disciplines such as boxing, athletics, netball, hockey and cricket.
The liquidator should mention to whoever intends to take over the mine, about these corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.
CSR projects should be part of the package – no more, no less.