The local population’s expectations toward mining companies in Greater Katanga
Mining is a powerful switch for the national economy and an important promoter of economic and social development in the Greater Katanga.
To improve their image and strengthen relations with their stakeholders, mining companies in Greater Katanga are interested in considering the expectations of the local population.To this end, in a Target Sarl survey, the population of Greater Katanga expressed the various expectations they have of mining companies.
These expectations align with the social responsibilities defined in the Mining Code.In the capital cities of all 4 provinces of Greater Katanga, job creation is the top concern, at 50%. People between the ages of 25 and 49 are much more likely to identify access to employment as a major expectation (52%).
In reality, this category includes people of working age.After job creation, the city of Kamina was more concerned with infrastructure rehabilitation and construction, while Lubumbashi, Kalemie, and Kolwezi focused on measures to promote the social interests of the community.
Kamina and Kolwezi also show that the lack of employment is intensified by an inappropriate recruitment system.
However, a good recruitment system would be a starting point for job creation by giving opportunities to the prosperous and skilled class.8% of the population did not express their expectations on this issue.
The Target Sarl survey on the perception of mining companies in Greater Katanga, conducted from May 11 to 25, 2023 among a sample of 1,200 people, focused on the following topics: social issues faced by local communities, the contribution of mining companies to improving the quality of life, the reputation of mining companies, the population's perception of mining activities in the province, and their expectations.