HITACHI TO THE FORE IN HELPING FQM DEVELOPMENT CLUB WITH GOLF GEAR GIFT
SOLWEZI, ZAMBIA – First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi Development Club of Solwezi has received golf kit worth $2,500 from Hitachi Construction Machinery Zambia Limited as the initiative progresses in its quest to promote sport in communities surrounding Kansanshi Mine.
The golf kit was donated by Hitachi general manager for operations Scott Johnston on behalf of his company’s president Takuji Tagawa.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Mr Johnston said Hitachi had a mandate to develop sporting activities, which included golf from grassroots to the senior level in North-Western Province.
FQM commended Hitachi for the role it was playing developing a firm foundation for sport, which will not only lead to the growth of minor sports, but provide an opportunity for vulnerable children in communities surrounding its mining operations to take up sports.
Under it livelihoods programmes, FQM is taking a lead in strengthening grassroots sport in its communities ensuring a brighter future for sporting activities not just in North-Western Province, but the country as a whole.
FQM has invested US$43 million on its sustainability and community development programmes through its Kansanshi and Trident foundations’ programmes, which are in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The overall objective of its socio-economic development programmes is to improve the quality of life for its employees, their families and their immediate communities.
Receiving the golf kit, young golfers’ club manager Bright Kasolo expressed his appreciation at the support that Hitachi Zambia, a reliable business partner for FQM, were providing.
Mr Kasolo said the golf kit would enable his team to compete confidently with other teams such as Kalumbila and Lumwana in preparation for Copperbelt-based tournaments.
The 20 young golfers of Kansanshi Golf Development Club come from Gilgal orphanage in Kimasala, which Kansanshi Mining Plc supports with golf training and other initiatives.