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Mines Minister concerned at the delay in issuing a Chines Company a mining rights license

Time Posted: January 14, 2013 6:35 am
Minister of Mines Yamfwa Mukanga

Minister of Mines Yamfwa Mukanga

MINES, Energy and Water Development Minister Yamfwa Mukanga expressed concern at the delayed issuance of the mining rights license to China Copper Mines (CCM) of Chingola.

Mr Mukanga said in an interview after his fact-finding mission at CCM and two other mining outfits that he was impressed with the investment of the Chinese business group in the mining industry.

He pledged Government support for dedicated mining companies and would work closely with them to create employment opportunities for Zambians.

CCM Manager Yinghua Xiao said the firm has invested $50 million in developing its plant which has the capacity to produce 5000 tonnes of finished copper per annum.

CCM, which is co-owned by Yu Wangping and Zhang Meng Tao, would employ more than 500 people in its first stage of production line which was slated to commence immediately after the issuance of the mining permit.

Mr Xiao said during the second phase more than $50 m would be invested to further develop the mine.

He complained that two local companies had illegally occupied two dump sites belonging to CCM and this was frustrating business activities of the company.

The project to set up CCM, which is the first Chinese owned mining firm in Chingola, started in 2010 and the second stage to further develop it would generate over 1200 jobs for locals.

Mr Xiao expressed concern that all necessary mechanism were in place to start production despite the delay to issue the Mining Rights Licence.

“Currently, we have employed ten Chinese technicians and 50 locals during the first construction phase of the mine. We are ready to start production as everything has been set.

“We are ready to start production once the Mining Rights issue is resolved and this will translate into more job creation,” he said.

Mr Xiao said CCM had started an upscaling and skills transfer programme aimed at ensuring the locals acquire technical skills to manage copper processing at the firm.

7 Comments

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    flag mature says: mature
    January 14, 2013 at 9:42 am |

    mr minister, this is exactly what your predecessor used to do, bulldozing his way in the issuance of licences to his preferred companies. where is he now? frequenting the courts over the same.
    hope you are clean in your dealings otherwise, …… katwishi mwandi.

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      flag stuart says: stuart
      January 15, 2013 at 3:07 am |

      Who are these people that are being forced of the mining site. Who are CCM and BMR

  2. vote
    flag Klover says: Klover
    January 14, 2013 at 9:56 am |

    Ubupubafye bwekabwekafye bakolwe

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  3. vote
    flag GUNDIX says: GUNDIX
    January 14, 2013 at 11:21 am |

    Exactly my comment #1&2.

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    flag chibs says: chibs
    January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm |

    u advise yo president HH to come here in muchinga en tell us want he wants to do for zambia..we v never seen him en how is he going to become leader of zambia..

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    flag Katswiri says: Katswiri
    January 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

    #4 How can any opposition leader go anywhere let alone Muchinga if the PIG (Party and its Government) are arresting the opposition even when they hold closed door house meetings. Tell us how you propose this happening as permits are no longer beeing granted by the Police.

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    flag MundiaM says: MundiaM
    January 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm |

    I really concur with #1 & 2. This Yamfwa will end up ‘afwa’ if he gets engaged in corrupt mining license issuing with the chinks! Your predecessor is in hot soup over the same licenses. If the 2 Zambian firms have licenses, you need to give them support through CEEC to develop their own mining activities instead of always supporting the chinks at externalising our wealth.

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