Copperbelt province Permanent Secretary, Jennipher Musonda, is happy with assurances from management at Luanshya Copper mines, LCM, that the payment of terminal benefits to workers is on schedule and that the status of mine and equipment is stable.

Mrs Musonda said this in Luanshya today during an on the spot check of the status of the mine and equipment especially the Raise Browler, a drilling machine that was believed to have been leased out and only returned with some parts missing.

She told LCM Chief Operations Officer, James Bethel, that government had received disturbing reports that the Raise Bowler had some parts missing and hence her visit to the mine.

And Mr Bethel explained that the missing parts on the Raise Bowler which included the cutters and some levers were the property of Chambeshi NFC adding that it was just the head of the same machine which belonged to LCM.

Mr Bethel confirmed that the drilling machine was back from Chambeshi and was at Baluba mine in the same condition it was gotten.

He also said his company had repaired an extra pump for water from the mines adding that the water levels had reduced insignificantly.

He also said the workers had started getting payslips for their terminal benefits and money will be transferred to their respective banks tomorrow.

He said his company retained 170 employees for care and maintenance with additional 200 people to look into the security of the mine noting that the suggested 800 workers by the unions was impractical to maintain by the investor.

He assured the permanent secretary that no machine will be removed from the mine premises as directed by Mines minister Maxwell Mwale adding that additional 23 police officers have been deployed to the area to ensure that no equipment was removed or vandalized.

ZANIS/ENDS/OM/SJK

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44 COMMENTS

  1. 😮 Where does she derive the joy from? People lost jobs prematurely and dont think they would be that happy to receive benefits at a time they are no prepared to do so.

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  2. Yes I need a confirmation of this Money Transfer tomorrow. Abantu teti balelala ne Nsala imwe!!

    Otherwise they will start stealing the equipment !! Job well done =d>=d>=d>

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  3. its good that they will recieve their monies but watch them after five months they will definately have nothing and thats when real life will begin.its so sad and unfortunate.its like people are really using this world economic crunch as an excuse,i feel some companies are so happy coz this is a prayer answered.investors in this country have so much power and right to do just about anything.i hate this…anyway pay them!!!!

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  4. # 5 Jamaco,
    Nashibuka bwino. How is Jamaco this morning? :d:d Please were this smile untill you go to bed this evening. Regards

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  5. jamaco,rashid jones,matworld,ba maureen,babyc,nine chale and all the bloggers…
    A very good morning to you.have a sweet day..

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  6. Iye, kuluanshya kumwesu, it used to be so beautiful.
    Whats all this nonsense about stealing the machinery nomba?
    My heart sinks when i look at my town, i dont even know where to begin!!
    Perhaps i should just find a rich man to buy it for me and i will revamp it and chase out all the chinese and selfish politicians.

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  7. My uncle in mpatamatu is only 36 and now he’s retired?.What’s there to be happy about ms PS?.That money will sustain for a while.Luanshya was already a Ghost town even before the closure of the mine.What will it become after this?.

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  8. What is there to smile about in Luanshya? Be real Musonda! people lost jobs and you are busy telling the nation that you are happy sure!!!! ala!

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  9. Very disgusting reports.I thought the govt was happy to find the lasting solution to the problems at the mine

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  10. Morning Baby C! Ati good development just because LCM has promised to pay the workers their terminal benefits. Solve the problem of job losses.

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  11. Happiness about what? thousands joining the jobless. You must be joking.By the way do you know how much each one of them will get as benefits? Majority will get less than K40 Million and like someone has alluded to, by the fifth month of this year their pension will have been blown. Get real ba c

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  12. **==
    Hai Baby c, rashid,jamaco and everyone!

    madam ps,thats not wat pipo want,they need a serious investor to secure their jobs! those tuma benefits kabungafye na shake shake only!!

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  13. RASHID..

    Am ok just that my heart aches at the way things in this country are handled.its like we really have no say over our own country’s resources.imagine an investor giving us conditions instead of us giving him conditions and policies that he has to meet and if he cant meet them he packs and go,awe kaya mwandi,its just so frustrating,one day tnis country will be sold off.

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  14. baby c

    my ddearest sis look at whats happening in this country and hey take a serious look at what zed will be like in the next fifteen years if nothing is done to correct the situation.awe ine ndetina..

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  15. Jenks, thanks. How are you man? Can a normal person honestly be happy with the developments at LCM?

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  16. jenks..

    you are right,the so called benefits will not even allow someone buy a house,its just something to be spent in the shortest period of time and then WHAT????? afterwards.
    the other week some miners in chambeshi were being paid their benefits and i was so shocked and i shade tears to learn that people could be getting such low salaries in an independent country like zed.the basic pay was k265,000.just how can this be.something is very wrong with the system thats being used.a person risks their life to go underground and such but gets what a minister spends on his lunch everyday as salary.WHY?awe for zed to get there tukachili kutali.its not now,for now all we can do is dream on

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  17. Mr President, please cut on travelling costs by minimising your international trips and instead concentrate on solving internal economic problems facing the country including Zimbabwe whose problems seems to have been forgotten. The problems facing our Zimbabwen brothers and sisters concerns us all in a way (Don’t forget you have roots in Zimbabwe). Please, YE President RB, don’t forget, Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwen people especially innocent childrens without access to clean water and sanitation. Mr President, I rest my case.

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  18. This PS is not fit to be in office. She is always off the mark and arrogantly so.
    What is it about to be happy when LCM workers are jobless. Does she know the amount of money the highest paid miner will part away with as benefits. Will most of the miners sustain themselves beyond 3 months with what they will get.
    Let Jennifer or whoever she is be real with herself and the situation. Otherwise it will be nice if she died just like her former boss and botfriend Geoffrey Mukala died.

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  19. Hi Rashid,thanx, am good good. Jamaco and Baby C, you okay…?

    The payouts will do nothing to the town , like Musange#25 said, all the tuma money will be gone in due course and there will be no money in circulation abantu ku chula fye. Why can the govt come up with alternative means to create jobs, if this doesnt happen sooner, the town will be full of crime??

    Its a real shame, mmd awe sure has failed us.

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  20. Development trends in Zambia. That’s what we need. It’s always good to know that there is still hope for a better country.
    When the mine resumes full operations, it is important that they go beyond making money. They should emulate companies like Barclay’s Bank,Zain and other corporate organisations that have exhibited outstanding corporate social responsibility. For instance Zain through its TV show Touching Lives improved so many lives. Having invested in Zambia they understand the role they have to improving society. This is what we call true investment. They have not even threatened to leave Zambia despite some harsh conditions of doing business in Zambia.Big up to companies like Zain.

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  21. #32, yes what about the water levels, who cares sure? #30, is that true,? if so, thats an insult and these people are suppose to have children going to school and families, its not even enough for a school boys groceries..so ashamed

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  22. It’s government’s duty to make sure that the mines are not stripped of the major equipment. After all most of the major infrastructure belongs to government through the 20% holding in most mining agreements.

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  23. #37…There is no legal requirement for private companies to undertake CSR programmes. Nevertheless, whatever company does it should be applauded. However, we still demand more to be done by the govt. that collects taxes!

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  24. Hi all. I just visited this site for the first time. am doing a research on the social impact of privatiztion and the closures of luanshya copper mines and hope that you wont mind if I use some of your comments in my work?

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