Mining Giant, FQM, Pledges To Renovate Solwezi Maternity

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FIRST Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi Mining Plc will mobilise its construction division and hire local contractors to renovate and restore the Solwezi General Hospital maternity wing.

This follows the destruction of the facility that had its roof blown off by a heavy storm last month.

The Government has since authorised the mining company to proceed with the repair works whose total cost has been pegged at K1.1 million.

Kansanshi Mining Plc Public Relations Manager Godfrey Msiska announced in a statement that in order to accelerate the works, the mine’s construction division will be mobilised to move on site.

Msiska said FQM will also hire local contractors to finish the project on schedule.

The works are expected to last about six weeks.

Msiska announced that repair works would commence as soon as the rubble had been cleared by the provincial and hospital administrations.

He said Kansanshi Mining Plc and Government’s provincial administration had been engaged in discussions and they managed to quickly assess the damage and what needed to be done to replace the entire roof.

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