The town was founded in the early part of the 20th century by an explorer/prospector, William Collier.
It is situated on an altitude of 1257m above sea level and has a population of 115,579(2000) census. The area is in the land of the Lamba people, but due to the demand for labor on the mines, a lot of people came here in search of employment on the mines. As a result, the population here is mixed up, a combination of several tribes and other races.
The mining sector has gone through a lot of transformation, from the day when William Collier shot a Roan Antelope to date. Incidentally, the antelope which Collier had shot fell on the ground where copper ore was exposed. And this was the start of mining and the birth of the town as we know it today.
Roan Antelope copper Mines, the company formed after collier’s adventure was named in honor of the antelope that he had killed.
However, the town did get a new lease of life with the development of Muliashi Mines by Luanshya Copper Mines (LCM). This new revival was complimented by a rise in copper prices on the international market. Unfortunately, starting around October 2008, copper prices went down again!
This resulted in the closure of the mines in January 2009. As a result, about 1,500 employees were declared redundant.
On 22nd December 2009, the town officially came to life! It was taken over by China Non-Ferrous Mining Company Luanshya Copper Mine (CNCM).
The town is divided into two residential areas, the municipal area and the mining area. Non miners live in the municipal and miners live in the mining area. Most of the municipal area consists of Mikomfwa Township, while Roan, Mpatamato and part of the town area make up the mining townships.
There are a few lodges such as, GRM Inn And Guest House, Cholwa Guest House, Pakawama lodge, Chito’s Court Yard, Mwetete Executive Guest House, K-mies Guest Lodge, Mubende Country Lodge and many more.
Pakawama lodge provides the following: Comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, cash bar, venue for various functions and relaxing garden with swimming pool.
The contact details for Pakawama lodge are as follows:
+260 212 512266
+260 212 512776
+26 0977 267691
+ 26 0966 959244
If you would like plenty of fresh air and water, you can go for the Makoma Dam.
The dam is a big attraction during the weekend. Makoma was made as a result of tailings, a process undertaken during the process
of refining copper.
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