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For the arrangement of a park in the center of the village of Slatina and the coast of the Borska River, the company Zijin has allocated more than 5,000 dollars. This donation is part of a year-long ecological campaign implemented by Rakita in Brestovac, Slatina and Metovnica

At the initiative of the Council of the Rural Local Community of Slatina, Rakita company, which operates within the Chinese mining corporation Zijin Mining, provided the complete arrangement of the park in the center of that village and the planting of trees in the coastal area of the Borska River.

It is actually planting over a hundred conifers and about 50 deciduous trees and ornamental shrubs, and the most important thing is that the park will have an automatic underground irrigation system with timer, which guarantees successful watering and sustainability of the greenery.

The park management is part of a year-long ecological campaign that Rakita is implementing in Brestovac, Slatina and Metovnica, which refers to the cleaning of the Brestovacka and Borska Rivers coastal areas.

Considering that in the cleaning of the coastal area of the Borska River from solid waste in 2017 results were achieved in Slatina and increased the responsibility of the population to take care of their environment, this year the arrangement of the park financed by the company Zijin was agreed, and the entire action was realized in cooperation with Slatina Local Community, local self-government, Citizens Association “Village”, as well as the Public Utility Company “3rd October” Bor.

Support for park arrangement was given by the Department for Planning and Development of the City Administration of Bor, and the main supervisor of greenery in that Department Anita Djordjevic explained that along the river behind the Culture Center in Slatina lindens will be planted to prevent soil erosion, and in the park in the center of village there will be trees of lower growth: red haws, Southern catalpas and ash trees, as well as medium and low ornamental plants.

The contribution to arrangement of the park was also given by the Deputy General Manager of the company Rakita, Gan Yonggang, and President of the Council of Rural Local Community Slatina Damjan Stanojevic, who jointly planted a tree and symbolically promoted ecology and future cooperation.

„On behalf of the company Zijin, I would like to say that we are very pleased that we have the opportunity to arrange a part of the public area and a park in the village of Slatina with planting trees and ornamental vegetation, which will make the village more beautiful. This is a clear proof that, in addition to mining, we are primarily trying to contribute to improving the environment of this region. High ecological standards, care and responsibility for environmental protection are the primary duties of our business. The Zijin’s global access to mining activities is mirrored in the word “We take silver and gold from the mountains, but we are returning the green robe.” The attitude of Zijin towards exploitation of mineral resources implies that development must always coincide with nature, in parallel with the establishment of friendly relations with the local population, prevention of pollution of watercourses and preservation of the natural environment, and later, of course, through the opening of the mine, employment will be provided, as well as benefits from taxes and income.

On this occasion, we express our sincere desire to achieve sustainable development with the preservation of nature, together with the local population. Our greatest hope is that we will be able to achieve good and friendly cooperation with the local residents by coming to Serbia and Bor. The arrangement of the park will be the starting point and bridge of trust and cooperation between the local population and us. In the end, we can promise that in the future we will always take care of the interests of the local community and contribute to the preservation of the environment“, Gan said.

President of the Council of the Rural Local Community Slatina Damjan Stanojevic reminded that the residents and nature of Slatina felt the great negative consequences of the hundred years of mining, and that he hopes that the cooperation with the companies Zijin and Rakita represent a new era for Slatina in every sense.

„The initiative of Slatina residents to get a beautifully decorated park in the center of the village immediately came across the positive reaction of Zijin and Rakita. Apart from the fact that the center of the village will now be enriched with a beautiful park, in which both young and old will enjoy, this is also a symbolic moment for which people of Slatina strive for years, and that is responsible business with respect to ecology“, Stanojevic said.

Citizens Association „Village“ is also satisfied with the realization of the project in Slatina, because it represents the continuity of ecological activities of the cleaning of the coastal area in three villages in recent years, which proved to be effective in Slatina.

„It is with great pleasure that I can conclude that after cleaning the coastal area of the Borska River in 2017, now there is much less waste, which points to the greater responsibility of the residents to nature. We should not forget that the preservation of the environment depends on ourselves, so that in this whole story, collective responsibility is key“, Vukosav Antonijevic, President of Citizens Association „Village“, said.

During the visit to Slatina, Gan Yonggang talked to residents, and then went to sports playground which, to increase the safety of the students, was surrounded with quality fence. For this donation, Rakita has allocated RSD 2.6 million in 2018.