On May 12, 2020, a national government delegation led by the Minister of Mines and the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security visited Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM), an affiliate of CMOC in the DRC, and inspected its COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
Mr. Zhou Jun, CEO of TFM, welcomed the delegation and presented TFM’s business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Edouard Swana, Community Development Coordinator, Mr. Urbain Tshipeng, Director of Human Resources, and Mr. Hugo Sinza, Director of External Relations, introduced to the delegation TFM's plan to prevent and control COVID-19.
The government delegation gave some advice on a smooth lifting of quarantine and took a guided tour to workers' accommodation and catering. Mrs. Néné Nkulu, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security, congratulated TFM on its exemplary management during the time of COVID-19. She said, "We communicated with TFM senior management and visited workers' accommodation and catering. Frankly speaking, TFM provides its employees with the best working and living conditions. In regard to confinement measures, we suggest that TFM implement a staff rotation system for the benefit of all, workers as well as the company." This suggestion will be taken into consideration in TFM's plan to prevent and control COVID-19.
Mr. Willy Kitobo, Minister of Mines, appreciated TFM’s continued production during the epidemic. He said, "This visit reassures us that we can count on TFM for the development of our economy." The Minister listened attentively to the problems encountered by TFM during the epidemic, including the transit of exported products, and concluded: "At the government level, we will take measures to help the company maintain a more normal production rhythm.”
The national government delegation is exhilarated by the fact that TFM has not only maintained its production in the context of COVID-19 but also continued to contribute to the development of the Congolese economy.