Kansanshi Mines women-run jewellery workshop, Nsanshi Art, has today gifted His Royal Highness Chief Mumena of the Kaonde People of Kalumbila with a locally made royal sceptre.
[AFPRwire, Fri Nov 27 2020] Kansanshi Mine's women-run jewellery workshop, Nsanshi Art, has today gifted His Royal Highness Chief Mumena of the Kaonde People of Kalumbila with a locally made royal sceptre.
The royal sceptre was crafted from copper sourced from Kansanshi Mine, along with decorative stones, and was given to the chief in recognition of his strong leadership and commitment to deliver positive change in his chiefdom.
This royal sceptre is a seal of appreciation of His Royal Highness's unwavering support and friendship with First Quantum. We are proud to be partners with his royal highness in making the communities better places to live in, said Kansansh Mine Assistant General Manager John Gladston.
The sceptre is a mark of the long and enduring bond of friendship between First Quantum and His Royal Highness, added Mr Gladston.
I am truly humbled and quite honestly, I am short of words, remarked Chief Musele on receiving the royal sceptre. To see this sceptre, a symbol of authority which is also a symbol of the mineral wealth in this land, I had always wanted to carry something that will talk about the identity of this area.
...what would be a better way to carry the authority around but also to speak of what is happening here, he added.
The chief further commented on the many programmes that the mining company and the chief have partnered in, such as conservation farming, and conveyed his gratitude to the Nsanshi Art team and the entire FQM family.
Sceptres have been an important emblem of authority from ancient times to present. In many African societies the sceptre assumes a central role in royal circles, and is a traditional royal insignia of sovereigns.
About First Quantum Minerals Ltd
First Quantum Minerals Ltd is a global metals and mining company producing mainly copper, gold and zinc. The company's assets are in Zambia, Spain, Mauritania, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Panama, Argentina and Peru.
In 2019, First Quantum globally produced 702,000 tonnes of copper, 257,000 ounces of gold and 18,000 tonnes of zinc.
In Zambia it operates the Kansanshi mine - the largest
copper mine in Africa by production - and smelter and the Sentinel mine in
The company is listed on the Lusaka and Toronto stock exchanges.
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