Khoemacau Copper Mining has started consultations with the Department of Roads, the North West District Council (NWDC) and construction companies, to help with the maintenance of roads in Toteng village.
Addressing the NWDC full council session this week, Khoemacau Acting General Manager Neo Kwakwa said the mine is aware of the deteriorating state of roads in the village, hence their consultations with different stakeholders.
He said that they are concerned about the damage caused by their heavy mining equipment that frequently use the roads.
Kwakwa has assured that upon completion of their consultations with different stakeholders the roads will be maintained, with some tarred.
Some councillors had raised concern about the poor roads conditions in Toteng village pointing a finger at the heavy load mining machinery.
Komana-Toteng Councilor Zahorerua Maoveka raised complaint that the dust caused by the mine machinery within their roads has led to some of the street vendors operating near those roads to close their business due to its severity. Maoveka said that the dust situation is worse to the extent that it restricts the residents to perform some of their functions.
“The mine has constructed very good tarred roads at Zone 5 so we also need those kinds of roads to be constructed here in the village,” said Maoveka.
Sehithwa- Kareng Councillor Petros Tjetjoo concurred that though the mine constructed good roads at its Zone 5 base, it has not extended the same gesture to Toteng village which they also operate in. He stated the machinery used for mining operations were responsible for the bad state of the roads urging the mine to prioritise and also recognise Toteng village by bringing more developments in.
Meanwhile, the Khoemacau copper mine has partnered with the Ngami DHMT to equip the new Toteng clinic. The project is supported by Royal Gold which is an investment company and will assist with funds for the completion of the project.
Kwakwa has confirmed that the project is on-going and local companies have been appointed to complete the clinic and it is expected to end next near year around April to become fully functional.