AUSTRALIAN owned Majestic Copper Resources Limited plan to re-develop the copper slug heap at the old Roan Mine in Luanshya on the copperbelt to detect the remaining mineral ore.
Chishimba Kambwili, the Roan Member of Parliament said the mining company may re-develop the disused mine and make value out of it. The company has already collected samples from the site to detect the amount of mineral ore present there, the Times of Zambia reported.
The company is expected to produce their findings to Government within the next three months, after which development of an additional copper mine in the area could commence.
Majestic Copper Resources are an Australian owned firm who has expressed interest in developing the slug heap at the former Roan mine. “We expect them to present their findings within the next three months,” Kambwili said. Once fully operational, the project is expected to create 600 new jobs for the local people.
Meanwhile China Nonferrous Metal Mining Company (CNMC) plans to develop shaft 27 at the old Luanshya Mine to boost production and create additional jobs for the people. The Shaft has been dormant for the past few years after it was flooded by former owners Binani Group of Companies.
“CNMC will start de-watering the flooded shaft and once operational, the facility will create 1,500 new jobs for the local people,” he said.
When both projects come to fruition, Luanshya would experience unprecedented economic boom as there will be more disposable income to boost business. “This will bring a lot of benefits to Luanshya as there would be disposable income for people to engage in thriving business activities,” said Kambwili.