Dangote, Others Settle Unpaid Fines

DANGOTE Industries Zambia Limited and three other companies it has contracted, have each paid fines to the National Council for Construction (NCC), for flouting construction regulations.

NCC fined Dangote Industries Zambia Limited K18,000 for contracting three companies that were not registered with NCC to construct its multi-million Kwacha cement factory in Masaiti District.

The three contractors, Sinoma Engineering, Rockseed and Ayoki Company, were also charged K18,000 each for operating in Zambia before registering with the council.

NCC had even suspended the operations of the three contractors on June 6, for failing to register and also failing to pay penalty fees, but the ban was lifted the following day after an emergency meeting between the stakeholders and the Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge.

NCC executive director Charles Mushota said yesterday that Dangote and the three contractors had all paid their fines.

“The good news is they have all paid their fines and the three contractors have started their registration process,” Mr Mushota said.

He said the companies had now applied for registration and a committee would have to study their applications and then recommend to the council to register the companies or not.

Mr Mushota said the registration process generally took about 60 days.

The three contractors have been contracted by Dangote Industries to construct the cement plant in Masaiti scheduled for opening in about four months time.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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