And three miners are admitted to Wusakile Mine Hospital in Kitwe after they suffered burns at Mopani Copper Mines (MCM).
On the forced leave of the 133, KCM said in a statement made available in Chingola yesterday that the employees have not been made redundant, but this option remains open given the economic conditions facing the company.
KCM chief executive officer Steven Din said: “The global copper industry is currently experiencing very difficult business conditions. This includes KCM. Our clear objective is to return the company to profitability.”
Mr Din said the decision to place 133 employees on recess has been a difficult one, and that the company understands that it will create distress for those involved and their families.
He said there is a possibility of the positions involved being made redundant, but that this will not be done until all options have been fully evaluated.
“In any case, we will ensure we provide all necessary support to the individuals involved,” he said.
Mr Din said the mining firm is in contact with the Government and unions to update them on the current situation.