Barrick Lumwana mining company has handed over a one by three classroom block to the Ministry of Education at Manyama basic school in Solwezi which was constructed at a cost of K400 million.
The mining company also handed over a women community centre built at the cost of K300 million at Kauchi in Chief Mumena’s area.
Handing over the projects to the Ministry of Education and Kauchi community respectively, Barrick Lumwana Company Managing Director Boyd Timler said the mining giant would want to narrow the infrastructural gap and help the communities to attain their developmental goals.
Mr Timler said the two projects are part of the 22 projects that the Barrick Lumwana mining earmarked for completion and handover this year under the Lumwana development trust fund.
He said the women community centre was constructed at a cost of K300 million with the community contributing K73 million in labour and moulding of blocks.
The mining company last week handed over three staff houses and a women production centre at Kananga basic school constructed at a cost K443 million.
And District Education Standards Officer, Collins Monde said education infrastructure has become a big challenge in the district due to unprecedented increase in school enrolment following the opening of the mining operations in the area.
Mr Monde said the gesture by Barrick Lumwana will reduce the pressure that the school is experiencing in accommodating pupils.
And District Commissioner, Dennis Kanyankula said Barrick Lumwana is a strategic partner in achieving government vision of developing Lumwana area.
Mr Kanyankula said the successful implementation of the Lumwana development plan will improve and promote people’s human rights and wellbeing whilst supporting the integrated and sustainable rural development strategy.