CHIBULUMA Mines Plc has set aside US$140, 000 (about K730 million) for the rehabilitation works at the Independence Stadium in Kalulushi, home of MTN-FAZ Premier League promotional side Kalulushi Modern Stars.
Company Chief Service officer Margaret Mwale said in an interview in Kalulushi that the Mine was in the process of carrying out major rehabilitation works at the stadium in order to ensure that it was ideal to host sports events.
Mwale said the mining firm decided to come to the aid of the club after realising that the stadium was in a dilapidated state saying that currently, the changing rooms, toilets, wall fence were in a bad state.
She said the company would ensure that the stadium has running water and other necessities that were missing.
"I wish to say here that the Independence Stadium of Kalulushi will soon receive a new facelift as we have set aside $ 140, 000 for the rehabilitation works of all the infrastructures as most of it is run down," she said.
She said her company had taken sports as one of its areas of rendering its corporate social responsibilities and hence it had set aside such a huge amount to go towards the rehabilitation works at the stadium.
"You may wish to know that the sponsorship of sports is one of our areas of concern as cooperate social responsibility and it is for this reason that we have set aside such a big amount to ensure that we support sports in an effort to plough back into our community we operate from," Mwale said.
Mwale said there was need to re-establish Kalulushias a major sports town as it was the case some years back and was confident that the deliberate policy by the mine to rehabilitate the stadium and supporting infrastructure would go a long way in revamping sports in the area.
She expressed happiness with the performance of Kalulushi Modern Stars who won promotion from the Division One north back into the elite league and that the company would continue supporting the team progress next season.