Chibuluma Copper Mine has compensated 42 families affected by pollution from its tailing dams. The mining company has also constructed 42 new housing units for the families, which will be used to relocate them to a safer location.
The compensation and relocation follows a government directive issued in May 2022. The directive was issued after it was discovered that the particles in the dust from the mine’s tailing dams pose a health risk and can cause severe respiratory conditions if inhaled.
The tailing dams are large reservoirs of waste material that are created during the mining process. They can contain a variety of harmful substances, including heavy metals and chemicals.
The government’s directive was welcomed by the affected families, who had been living in fear of the health risks posed by the pollution. They expressed their gratitude to the government and the mining company for taking action to protect their health and safety.
The relocation of the families is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. The new housing units are located in a safe area away from the tailing dams. They are equipped with all the necessary amenities, including water, sanitation, and electricity.
The government’s action in this case is a positive example of how it can work with mining companies to protect the health and safety of communities. It is also a reminder of the importance of environmental regulations and the need for mining companies to operate in a responsible manner.