Gold miner Barrick Gold Corporation, owner and operator of the Zambia-based Lumwana copper mine, has donated ten computers to the University of Zambia School of Mines and agreed to help repair the Kakayindu police post, in line with its commitment of creating long-term value for its host countries and communities.
The donation of computers is intended to assist the school in its research projects, as well as delivering computer-based course material to students.
Established in 1973, the University of Zambia School of Mines offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in geology, mining engineering, metallurgy and mineral processing.
Barrick Africa and Middle East COO Willem Jacobs notes that enrolment at the school has increased over the years, creating the need for an expansion of its infrastructure.
He adds that, in keeping with the group’s policy of employing host country nationals and upskilling them to world-class standards, Barrick has long provided scholarships for undergraduate students.
Barrick will also help to repair the Kakayindu police post, which was vandalised late in 2019 as a result of community unrest.
The 22-person-strong post provides security to 37 000 people in the Lumwana Township and neighbouring communities.
“Barrick is driven by a commitment to contribute positively to the development of our host countries and communities,” says Jacobs, noting that in 2019 Lumwana employed 3 498 Zambians and contributed $272-million to the country’s economy through taxes, salaries, procurement and community investments.