Alfa and Crux Mining Group of South Africa have supplied mining equipment worth over US$2 million to Kampelembe Manganese Mine of Mansa.
Alfa and Crux Mine Engineer and Quality Controller, Gerhard Weltsz, said the equipment would enable Kampelembe mine to raise its manganese production to over 1500 tones from one tone per day.
Alfa Mine had secured mining rights on a land area covering over 1.2 million acres in Luapula province.
The company has however sub-contracted twelve local small scale mining firms in Luapula to mine and the minerals on their behalf.
To improve the efficiency of mining amongst the local small scale sub-contracted miners, Alfa and Crux Mining Group started supplying them with the state of the art mining equipment.
During the hand over of mining equipment and commissioning of operations at Kampelembe Manganese Mine Luapula Province, Acting Permanent Secretary Clement Siame, said there was need to invest in the mining industry and exploit the untapped mineral resources in the area.
Mr. Siame said increasing investment in the mining sector in Luapula province would alleviate poverty amongst the people in the area.
Mr. Siame said government was in a hurry to open up Luapula province to more economic developments through the exploitation of its natural resources.
He said once fully exploited, the minerals would provide employment to many people, which would lead to sustainable development in the province.
“Luapula province has huge copper, manganese, cobalt, iron ore and many other mineral deposits that are unexploited. We are calling upon investors to invest in mining here to help alleviate poverty amongst the people,” Mr. Siame said.