Mabiza Cycling Safety and Environmental Awareness Capaign
On August 18, 2023, Mabiza Resources Limited collaborated with CSR Network Zambia and Kumalundu Trails to launch an environmental awareness and cycling safety campaign in the Chikani area of Chikankata district. This region has witnessed a surge in charcoal production, supplying Mazabuka, Kafue and Lusaka, making it a critical focus for our collective efforts.
The dedicated team consisted of representatives from Mabiza Resources, CSR Network Zambia, Kumalundu Trails, World Vision and Zambia Traffic Police. Together, we engaged with over two hundred Chikani residents, many of whom are actively involved in charcoal production. During our interactions, numerous concerns were voiced, including the rampant deforestation without reforestation efforts, unsustainable charcoal production methods and a growing number of accidents involving cyclists transporting heavy charcoal loads. Additionally, we learned of children being kept from school to assist with charcoal production, further highlighting the need for change.
Mabiza Resources has pledged to work closely with local communities on tree-planting initiatives. Through collaboration with World Vision, we aim to introduce smart agricultural practices and Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) techniques that not only benefit the environment but also create additional income opportunities and improve livelihoods. Our commitment extends to supporting activities that promote the conservation and protection of natural resources, foster ecological balance and strengthen the bond between communities and the environment.
A representative from the Zambia Police noted that many accidents involving motorists and cyclists can be prevented through increased attention, better understanding of road responsibilities, and enhanced mutual respect. Our engagement with the community aimed to create a safe and harmonious environment for all road users, emphasizing the importance of mutual respect. By raising awareness and providing education, we can make cycling safer. A safer cycling environment promotes it as both a secure mode of transportation and a healthy recreational activity that benefits individual health, community well-being, and the planet.
As a symbol of our commitment to road safety, members of the Chikani community, represented by their three headmen, were provided with bright reflective vests and reflective stickers for their bicycles to enhance visibility on the road. This initiative is a step toward safer roads and a more sustainable future. Together, we can make a positive impact and promote harmonious coexistence between all road users.