By Paul Shalala in Ndola
|President Lungu (middle) at the event|
A Chinese firm is investing K150 million in a mini city project in Zambia’s mining town of Ndola.
Mei Mei Limited is constructing the Dola Hill Mini City which will have over 70 houses, warehouses, an amusement park, a five star hotel, a shopping mall and wholesales.
The Chinese company has so far constructed what they call whole city which opened to the public on Wednesday.
“During the construction stage of the Dola Hill Mini City project, 500 direct jobs will be created and 300 more will be created indirectly,” said Jacky Gao, Mei Mei Limited Executive Chairman.
The company entered the Zambian market in 2007 through quarrying and so far it has expanded to Solwezi, Lusaka, Ndola and other small towns.
In all its operations, Mei Mei Limited has employed 1,000 Zambians on a permanent basis since 2007.
On Wednesday, President Edgar Lungu broke the ground for the project.
The Zambian head of state called on foreign investors to pay local workers good wages.
“It is unfair for some investors to pay slave wages to their employees. This is not good. We want investors who just come and make profits here. Mei Mei Limited I hope you will take keen interest and pay the workers well,” said President Lungu.
He also said the project comes at a time when government is building the new Greenfields International Airport on the outskirts of Ndola.
The Dola Hill Mini City is a 10 year project which will constructed in different phases.
The project is located along the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway and next to the Levy Mwanawasa stadium, which was also constructed by the Chinese a few years ago as a gift to the Zambian people.