KCM Manger for Public Relations & Communications Shapi Shachinda said in a statement that reports that Nchanga underground mine has been placed on care and maintenance were untrue.
“Contrary to media reports on 31st July 2015, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) wishes to clarify that it has not made a decision to close the Nchanga underground mine nor scale down operations at the Nkana Refinery. The company’s operations remain open and production is continuing. No workers have been laid off and no contracts have been terminated, Mr Shachinda said.
He added, “The basis of media stories circulating was an unofficial memo circulating in the company early on Friday morning. This memo has no official sanction from within the company.”
Mr Shachinda also said that the implications of electricity cuts are still unclear.
He said KCM is in close consultation with Copperbelt Electricity Company (CEC) and the Government in relation to the implications of load shedding.
Mr Shachinda said the welfare and livelihoods of employees and contractors at KCM are foremost in decision making about the impact of the current power situation.