Each year the Zambian Mines Rescue Competition highlights safety in Africa. In July 2018, the ZESCO Victoria held the event at Hydro Power Station in Livingstone. Of the six teams qualified to the finals, Mopani Copper Mines-Nkana A managed to secure the winning spot after defeating KCM Konkola A, and KCM Nchanga C came in second and third place, respectively.
The Mines Rescue Competition provides a platform for teams throughout Zambia to showcase their technical skills and knowledge across various emergency simulations, including mines rescue, first aid and firefighting. Each competition is physically and mentally demanding, mimicking the conditions of a real-life scenario.
Mr Sokwani Chilembo, Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia Chamber of Mines, stated, “the Chamber aimed at ensuring that mine rescue services bench-marked with regional and international best practices.”
MineARC has a long history supporting mine rescue competitions, recognising its value in educating the industry on the importance of effective emergency response planning.