Operations at the Sinazongwe-based Chinese Collum Coal Mine (CCCM) in Southern Province have been suspended indefinitely, following two fatal accidents in which a Chinese National also lost his life.
Both Sinazongwe District Commisoner (DC) Mungoni Simulilika and the Chief Inspector for the Mine Billy Chewe confirmed the development to ZANIS on yesterday.
In a letter addressed to CCCM management, Mr. Chewe said that it was clear that the mine was no longer safe as the mining standards had deteriorated. He said the mine would only be pumping out the underground water.
“ Operations at the CCCM have been suspended with immediate effect as it is clear that your mine is no longer safe as this can be observed From the two fatal accidents you have recorded at your mine in less than one month,” Mr Chewe said in a letter to CCCM management.
The closure affects all the four shafts at the mine. He said the mine would only be reopened when the 34 safety conditions outlined to management are met.
Some of the conditions include the recruitment of trained personnel such as the shift boss, the appointment of a qualified Mine Manager and the provision of proper support structures in the tunnels.
A check by ZANIS at the scene of the accidents in the tunnels at Shaft Three where the Chinese national died revealed that there were no proper support structures in place.
The suspension of operations at the mine would affect about 200 employees and their clients such as Chilanga Cement, Konkola Copper Mine (KCM), Amanita Zambia, Ngombe Brewaries in Livingstone and some companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo.