MRM has now delivered 105 houses for families in the resettlement village of Namanhumbir, built by the mining company, to re-house Nthoro communities previously residing on the MRM concession.
MRM spent USD 10 million in the construction of the new village which is part of the concession agreement.
The new village in Namanhumbir and the associated farmlands cover an area of 2,400 hectares. In addition to providing 105 homes, the village has water and electricity infrastructure, a primary school, market, church, mosque, police station, cemetery and landfill site.
MRM has also developed a vocational training centre within the village as part of its commitment to ongoing community development. At an additional cost of USD 1.4 million for the entire programme, the VTC facilities incorporate an administrative block, two classrooms, two workshops, changing rooms and two employee residences and will train 2,100 young locals over seven years.
Each family will receive a title of Land Title (DUAT) granted by the State, for an area of 5,000 m2, which includes the main house, all additional infrastructure and two hectares of farming land.
According to the Montepuez Administrator, Isaura Máquina, this transfer coming to fruition, has satisfied both the residents themselves and also the Government. “This has a great impact on our communities, as they move to conventional houses, with drinking water and electricity, which will improve their quality of life. Furthermore, the new houses will boost the development of our district.”
The resettlement process has been a collaborative one with residents being shown the model house in advance, and given the opportunity to provide their feedback. Members of each family were also brought in to familiarise themselves with the houses and see how the construction was going.
MRM Chairman, Samora Machel Júnior, added “The construction of the village has always been a priority for us, despite the difficulties imposed by COVID-19, in a year in which we have not had any turnover. Despite this, we continue to ensure that our communities have a better quality of life”.
Over the next three years, MRM will continue to support these communities and make sure they are better integrated and well-maintained.