"It’s not a condition that you should build a road; it’s voluntary for you to do so. If Lumwana wants to do it, let them build but that is the responsibility of the government. There is division on who should do what and who should do what. Infrastructure development is up to the central government to do that"
Fred Bantubonse (Chamber of Mines) making it clear in Solwezi that mining companies are not obliged to develop infrastructure in the areas they operate but they can do community social responsibility projects on voluntary basis. This apparently did not go down very well with the locals. This is what we have been saying all along, perhaps now that Fred Bantubonse has said one hopes the ngwee has dropped! It has hopefully hit home that the best form of Corporate Social Responsibility is a combination of local area taxes and a local framework that leverages private sector investment into delivering local infrastructure (to ensure "nil detriment"). Incidentally, these are frameworks I have helped develop in the past and many countries have them, so when the time comes they don't need to hire an RP Capital or some young graduate from the World Bank (sorry folks, but you do send us inexperienced kids as advisers) to help them think, we can do it for free (and they can donate to the website in exchange).