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FQM HANDS OVER 2,000 FACEMASKS FOR LUSAKA’S MAIN HOSPITALS

First Quantum Minerals (FQM) handed over 2,000 facemasks donated by employees from the mining giant’s subsidiary, Kalumbila Minerals Limited, to the Ministry of Health for use at Lusaka’s main hospitals. The hospitals in Lusaka set to benefit from the donation are Chilenje, Levy Mwanawasa and the University Teaching Hospital. “FQM …

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Mine Unions take to the streets Gov support

The Mine Unions and various stakeholders in likes of miners, former miners, residents of Chingola and Chililabombwe took to the streets a solidarity demonstration as a show of support for government’s intervention in the Konkola Copper Mines issue. Joseph Chewe, the Mineworkers Union of Zambia president, charged that Vedanta Resources …

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Local processing plant a necessity and cost effective-Gov

The Zambian government has appealed to the private sector to contemplate on building an emerald processing plant locally. Speaking at the recent Grizzly Mining’s emerald auction in Lusaka, Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda stated that a locally built processing plant would be of national benefit. Chanda added that …

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Activist reports damaging to FQM

First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has allayed reports by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that appear to be ‘calculated to destabilise the trust built up with local people’. The company said the poorly researched reports fuel unrest, distort the views of the majority of local people, and give a disproportionate profile to a …

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KCM, Government, workers mend relations

Konkola Copper Mines has announced intentions to bridge information and expectations gap that currently existing between the mine, the workers, the Unions, the local contractors and government. The company operates Copper mines in Chingola and Chililabombwe. Steven Dinn, KCM Chief Executive Officer said that the meeting was a start of …

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Zambia has a new mining minister

The Zambian President, Edgar Lungu has  appointed a new mining minister in a  recent cabinet reshuffle that included several changes to other government ministries. In a press release by the government of Zambia, Patriotic Front Parliamentary Chief Whip Richard Musukwa has been named the new Minister of Mines and Minerals …

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Miners, government head for a deadlock

The Chamber of Mines has condemned the new law compelling mining companies and other bulk cargo firms to transport at least 30% of their freight by rail. According to miners, the legislation is ‘economically inappropriate and unworkable’ Brian Mushimba, transport minister said the law was meant to revive the rail …

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Regulatory vagueness cast shadow over South Africa

The controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III has led to low investor confidence and continuing breaches of trust between government and industry, resulting in declining constructive engagement. Amid lingering political uncertainty, the charter and …

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Government to increase stake in copper companies

ZCCM –IH wants to increase its stakes across the country, as copper prices rebound. “It’s encouraging us to invest even more in copper. That’s why we want to increase our shareholding in some of the assets we have,” Pius Kasolo, Chief Executive Officer of ZCCM-IH told Reuters on the sidelines …

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