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General News 4 KCM miners die

FOUR miners at the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Nchanga Open Pit Mine in Chingola have died after they were buried alive while excavating a heap of soil.

Copperbelt police commanding officer Martin Malama said in an interview in Kitwe on March 25 that police have retrieved three bodies and are still looking for one more.

Dr Malama said the accident happened at about 15:30 hours on March 26.

“Three bodies have been retrieved and we are remaining with one. The accident happened while the miners were excavating a heap of soil,” Dr Malama said.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Sometimes ba LT mulebako serious,how can the police retrive the bodies on 25 march and the accident happened on 26 march.? Come on guys,be serious bytheway,it has been long since i heard from kafupi, what is he upto this time around?

  2. LT,
    This is not correct,confirm before you report. These are not KCM miners but Illegal miners( ifinyamunyamu,stone dealers). You are tarnishing image of the KCM and careful you maybe sued.

  3. Dr Malama said the accident happened at about 15:30 hours on March 26.
    Copperbelt police commanding officer Martin Malama said in an interview in Kitwe on March 25 that police have retrieved three bodies and are still looking for one more.
    How??? he confirmed before incident???

  4. This did not happen at the Nchanga Open Pit but at the Concentrator Plant. Please get your facts right LT

  5. #1 I agree with you. Can the truth be told. Because safety measures put into mining are not supposed to allow for such accidents especially in an open pit mine. KCM will be fuming if these are ifinyamunyamu being refered to as KCM employees.

  6. Quick advise to LT, Withdraw this article ASAP. KCM will bring you down for this because it is not accurate – They r trying to register on the london stock exchange and then you report something wrong about the safety of their employees in the mining areas to a point of fatality, do u know what u r talking about? what manner of journalism is this? GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT THEN REPORT!

  7. the accident happened at the concentrator plant,4 contractors died when they ground buried them in a trench that they where laying a foundation.its total negligence from their management.

  8. #1-#5 Are you in Zambia, Chingola? Please tell us more especially that the beneficiaries this illigal miners are not these dead guys.It is people like the one in Kitwe who actually enjoy from this activity.

  9. #1Chingola Resident please they are not fyanyamunyamu they are contractors registered with K.C.M.the accident happened at the concentrator plant,they died when the ground buried them in a trench that they where laying a foundation.its total negligence K.C.M. management. please always get your facts right before you call honorable people who are doing donkey work to make their lives better fyanyamunyamu please apologised ASAP…MTSRIP

  10. “Dr Malama said the accident happened at about 15:30 hours on March 26” & “an interview in Kitwe on March 25 that police have retrieved three bodies”. Please check your articles before publishing, U mean they confrimed before the accident. Today is March 26, currently my time 09:19hrs, U mean the accident has already happened?

  11. Buloshi!! it’s very true #1 how can something happen on the 26 but reported on the 27th tell me who!! Mulindoshi? the truth is that you guyz as LT you must be very serious with what you report we are talking about the lives of the people and nothing else! so get serious and tell us what we need to know!.. thank you.

  12. Mwalenga nalufyanya!! you see!! it’s something straight i meant that, how can something happen on the 26th and then reported on the 25th? it should happen on the 25th and reported on the 26th please!!

  13. No 7 is correct.The accident had nothing to do with the illegal miners but it was KCM Contracted labour that was involve in the accident. The accident could have been avoided had the respective supervisors conducted a risk assesment. Too bad for the poor chaps & MRIP.

  14. THE SAFETY WORKERS AT KCM HAS GONE TO THE DOGS. HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO LOSE LIVES LIKE THAT. ITS UNDERSTABLE IF IT WERE UNDERGROUND OPERATIONS. THE OWNERS OF KCM HAVE IGNORED THE SAFETY OF WORKERS AS LONG AS THEY DIG THE COPPER AND MAKE HUGE PROFITS. SHAME

  15. Zambia’s KCM Mine Accident Kills Four Workers -Company
    By Nicholas Bariyo & contributing to Dow Jones Newswires; 256-75-2624615 [email protected]
    Published March 26, 2011
    | Dow Jones Newswires
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    Four miners were killed Friday following a mine accident at Zambia’s largest copper mining company, Konkola Copper Mines, a company spokeswoman said.
    The fall-of-ground incident at the new East Mill expansion project killed four contract workers with ZCON Construction Co. who were engaged in excavation for civil construction, Jacqueline Kabeta said late Friday in a statement.
    “The accident occurred around 15:30 hours and everything possible was done but unfortunately all the trapped were pronounced dead at the Nchanga South hospital.” She said that…

  16. the company has launched an investigation into the accident.
    The expansions at the East Mill project are part of the wider upgrades being implemented by the company as it seeks to double annual copper production to 400,000 metric tons by 2013. KCM is a unit of London-listed Vedanta Resources PLC (VED.LN).
    Company officials said Saturday that the accident didn’t affect output because the expansion project is yet to start production.
    “KCM management would like to pass its condolences to the bereaved families and wishes them God’s guidance and comfort during this sad and trying moment.” Kabeta said.
    Other expansions being implemented by the company include the $400 million deep-mine project, aimed at more than tripling annual copper-ore output to 7.5 million tons from the current 2…

  17. The bereaved families need compensation, and ,South Africa owned, ZCON needs to improve its wages, health and safety for its employees

  18. Ever since the sale of ZCCM’s mines, safety standards have continued to deteriorate steadily and significantly. One wonders whether the Mines Safety Department still exists. It’s as if the authorities just don’t care any more.

  19. Gracias por el contenido. Yo he comprado copias de CD en AMITOSAI y me salieron excelentes. Por suerte no se trataba de copias caseras realizadas con computadoras e impresoras comunes de deplorable calidad.

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