Over 700 miners are set to lose their jobs at Kalumbila mine in North Western Province.
In a communication letter to the Ministry of Labour the mine said the move was necessitated by ZESCO’S move to reduce power supply to the mine to 70 megawatts from 150 megawatts.
The mining firm has in a letter indicated that at, this level it is only possible to run half of the Sentinel plant and that significant cuts particularly to the labour force will need to be carried out if the project is to remain viable.
The company further said another 350 jobs currently under recruitment will be placed on hold if the power supply restrictions are not lifted.
But Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said construction of the Lusaka- Kalumbila power line by ZESCO is currently under way.
Mr. Kambwili said Government is committed to ensuring that the project is completed soon to boost power supply to the mining industry and other economic sectors in North Western Province.
Mr. Kambwili spoke to ZNBC news in Kitwe.