Zambia’s only Nickle mine in Mazabuka says it is ahead of schedule to commission full scale mining activities following the arrival of mechanised equipment.
Abidon Mine general manager, Sixtus Mulenga said full scale mining operations will begin mid this year because of the advanced stage at which construction works are going on.
Dr Mulenga said construction of a Concentrator, Mill plant and Crusher have reached an advanced stage.
The general manager was speaking during a public consultative meeting held in the Mazabuka council chamber yesterday.
Meanwhile, 38 houses at Zambia’s only Nickle mine in Mazabuka have been flooded in water following heavy rains being experienced in the district.
The houses are part of the 117 units built by the mine meant to relocate 125 families earmarked for displacement following the opening of the mine.
Mr. Mulenga disclosed this during a public consultation of the environmental and social management plan held in the Mazabuka council chamber today.
Dr Mulenga said the houses have also developed cracks on the floor and walls.
And Dr Mulenga has disclosed that the mine management has taken steps to address the housing scam by ordering the contractors to rehabilitate or rebuild the affected houses.
He was responding to a submission made by Mazabuka central member of parliament, Garry Nkombo who urged the mine management not to spare the contractors for doing substandard work.
Mr Nkombo submitted that, some villagers had started vacating houses for fear of being killed in the event that the houses collapsed.
He also advised management to consider relocating the villagers to another area which is habitable because the current resettlement area is not fit for human habitation.