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Barrick Gold dispels claims of sale

During a media briefing in Lusaka, Barrick Gold Corporation made a clear pronouncement that speculations about the company’s intention to sell Lumwana Copper Mine are false.   The Chief Executive Officer and President of Barrick Gold Corporation, Mark Bristow rather highlighted its eagerness to continue engaging with the government at …

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KCM bids expected-Musukwa

About nine companies are expected to submit bids for Konkola Copper Mines within weeks.   During a media briefing, Richard Musukwa, the Mines Minister made mention that companies from as far as Australia, Canada, China, Russia and Turkey were doing due diligence.   “The bidding process will start once all …

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Eastern Province Hydro power station installation paused

According to the World Wide Fund (WWF), government has cancelled a pre-feasibility study for the Ndevu Gorge Power Project on Luangwa river, proposed by MDH South Africa (Pty) Limited, which would have cost $1.26 billion and generated between 235 and 240 megawatts of power if completed.   The 1,100-kilometer Luangwa …

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Import duty discussions underway

Zambia’s mining giant, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) is currently holding discussions with the government regarding import duty as plans to step up production are in the pipeline. KCM corporate affairs manager Eugene Chungu earlier alluded that the Nchanga smelter had been idle pending availability of concentrates stocks. Operations at Nchanga …

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CSO records highest inflation rate midyear

According to the data from the Central Statistical Office (CSO), the inflation rate in June this year has increased to 8.6 percent from 8.1 percent recorded in May this very year. The CSO acting Director of Census and Statistics Iven Sikanyiti made mention that this was mainly ascribed to the …

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KAGEM PREDICTS RISE IN EMERALDS DEMAND

  KAGEM Mining has predicted an increase in the demand for Zambian coloured gemstone in the world. Gemfields and Kagem chief executive officer Sean Gilbertson said responsible sourcing of coloured gemstones was receiving increased attention. “Coloured gemstones were progressively becoming more valuable to consumers on the international market compared to …

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New Mining Code anniversary at DRC Mining Week 2019

The DRC Mining Week is a significant event at which key players in the mining sector can engage. With an august gathering of government officials and key mining individuals both locally and internationally, the event marks the 15th anniversary of the largest mining event in the DRC. The official opening …

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Zambia’s mining tax regime ranked highest-FQM

The First Quantum Minerals (FQM) Head of Government Affairs, John Gladstone made mention that Zambia’s current tax regime for the mining sector is unappealing to potential investors more especially when placed along fellow copper mining countries globally. Among the copper mining countries include Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo and …

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Date set for recommencement at Nchanga Smelter

Plans to restart the Nchanga smelter by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) are already underway as the proposed date is the 22nd of June 2019. KCM which is owned by Vedanta Resources made mention that Nchanga smelter, located close to Zambia’s boarder with the Democratic Republic of Congo has been loafing …

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Vedanta’s licence scrapping was quickened – Minority shareholders

The Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines-Investment Holding (ZCCM-IH) minority shareholders aired out that the step to cancel Vedanta Resources mining license was conducted in a hurry as the latter currently has no capacity to run the mines. In accordance to a statement availed to the media, Thierry Charles who spoke on …

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