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State to strengthen mines safety

NKWETO MFULA, Chililabombwe
GOVERNMENT says it will strengthen mine safety regulations in line with international rules to improve the well-being of workers in Zambia’s mining industry.
Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development permanent secretary Paul Chanda said safety cannot be over-emphasised in the mining sector.

Mr Chanda said all stakeholders should ensure that safety and occupational health are adequately funded as they are a worthwhile investment.
“Government will strengthen mine safety regulations in line with international rules to better safety issues in the sector,” he said.
Mr Chanda said this in a speech read for him by mines safety deputy director Aaron Soko during the Zambia Chamber of Mines and Council for First Aid inter-company safety competition at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe on Saturday.
Mr Chanda called on mining companies to invest in safety and occupational health for their workers.
And Zambia Chamber of Mines acting chief executive officer Talent Ng’andwe said safety is an important element in the mining industry.
He said the inter-company safety competition kept stakeholders abreast of safety issues in the mining industry.
Mr Ng’andwe said the competition is conducted every year to ensure that employees are up to date with matters of safety at their places of work.

 



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