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Miner reaffirms CSR pledges

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By Andrew Mkonda, Mana:

Kasitu Coal Mine in Karonga District has pledged to continue contributing towards improving living standard of people in the area by providing basic social amenities.

Kasitu Coal Mine Administrative Officer, Last Strawo made the remarks recently when Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Mungasulwa Mwambande toured the site.

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He said a Memorandum of Understanding between the company and the members of the community was already signed and that the firm would start honouring its pledges.

“We have a very sound working relationship with members of the community here and as a company, we will make sure to implement what we agreed in our memorandum of understanding,” Strawo said

Strawo said the communities are looking for three boreholes, a clinic and a mobile tower network which he said will open up the area in terms of communications.

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Recently, different miners in Chitipa and Karonga have been taken to task for not honouring their corporate social responsibility commitments.

Mwambande then urged management of the firm and other mining companies in the country to assist the government in providing social basic amenities to communities they are working in.

“We know you make a lot of money from mining and it is wise and proper to give back to the community where your resources are coming from.

“As the government, we are expecting all the areas where mining is taking place in the country to develop and improved livelihood of the people in those areas,” he said

Mwambande warned the firms against abusing Malawians.

Kasitu Coal Mining has 50 employees and 37 of them are from within the area and the district.

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