Black Mountain Mine in Kitwe
SMALL-SCALE miners also known as “Jerabos” are excited with the idea of getting back Kitwe’s “Black Mountain” following a meeting with Mines minister and Small-Scale Miners Association of Zambia general secretary Kakoma Luneta.

Mr Luneta said the association was elated by the government’s commitment to hand over “Black Mountain” to its people on the Copperbelt.

“This is the beginning of one of the promises made by our government and President Edgar Chagwa Lungu because mining will remain one of the economic backbone of our country Zambia,” Mr Luneta said.

He said Zambia has remained a perfect case study for natural resource governance due to its long tradition of mining and experience in nationalisation and privatisation of mining companies.

Mr Luneta said by investing in its population, the government would have more skilled professionals both to create local businesses as well as an easily accessible workforce for companies entering Zambia.

He said small-scale miners would also contribute to the growth of the Gross Domestic Product from the 3.9 percent growth 4.7 percent in 2018.

Mr Luneta said through this move, the government would reduce vulnerability and poverty levels not just on the Copperbelt but in the country, owing to the fact that the “Black Mountain” would create 3, 200 jobs for young people.

“It was encouraging to see the Ministry of Mines to come and visit small- scale miners, Wusakile Vision Empowerment and Copperbelt Mineral Processing Company.

“We want to see the Department of Mines safety department to come in and train our people before commencement of mining operations,” he said.

Mr Luneta reiterated that Zambia was among the main copper producers in the world and in Africa, ranking 8th in the World (China 1st) and 2nd in Africa after the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“This shows that President Edgar Lungu is committed to empowering youths both in the mining and agriculture sector.

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  1. Only a few individuals will benefit from this move and I can list them

    1. CHILE ONE
    2.SHIMUMBI
    3.Mulenga ( sparks Mining?

    The end results will be that rival gangs will start killing each other over this mountain which is worth millions of Dollars.
    Remember what happened to one mwansa in Kabwe over a disused lead mine. The man had to dive in the heavily polluted water for his own safety fearing a severe beating from rival gangs.AS I write now the police are still searching forhis body and the family has been mourning since the incident.

    I can as well re-locate to Kitwe and form up my own gang so that I have a share of the mountain. Market is already there for the black commodity to the Chinese.

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  2. HERE IS A CHANCE FOR A COUNTRY LIKE ZAMBIA TO INVEST AND BE ABLE TO PAY ALL CIVIL SERVANTS MONTHLY SALARIES WITH WHAT IS ALREADY THERE – THE SLAG DUMP IN KITWE.

    CALCULATIONS SHOW THAT MONEY CAN BE MADE MONTHLY WITH SURPLUS.

    BUT AS USUAL PEOPLE WHO ARE TECHNICALLY BLIND ARE IN FRONT ADVISING WHO EVER IS RESPONSIBLE.
    WHERE IS THE NEW PROJECTS MAN IN LSK?

    IF THIS SLAG IS AVAILABLE TODAY, GRZ MUST TAKE IT OPERATE IT UNDER MAWE LTD (BRANCH OF ZCCM), CREATE EMPLOYMENT AND MAKE MONEY.
    THE JARABO’S CAN BE CATERED FOR BY BEING TAKE ON AS SUPPLIERS OF RAW SLAG TO A MAWE PROCESSING PLANT WHO HAVE THE TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW.

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  3. Guys, Instead of Zambians to be happy you are busy critising. People who deals with minerals especially copper are known in Copperbelt. This is why it’s very difficult to benefit from natural resources because we don’t support each other. Black Mountain was mined by our for-fathers hence our youths should benefit not Chinese. If Jerabos didn’t talk and push for Black Mountain it would have gone to the foreigners. Black Mountain has copper and cobalt which is leading on the world market. Kudos to the Jerabos for been Brave, that’s what we need in this country young people who are innovative and creative. Next we need to see a policy that will allow Zambians to benefit from Mukula and I know President Lungu is working so that people can benefit from Hod Given Natural Resource. Amen to…

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    • Nonsense. What kind of youth benefit are you talking about? Black mountain mining will just bring more crime among the jerabos.

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  4. Ba Luneta muleunfwako insoni,Jerabos don’t contribute anything to the development of this nation.Worse still these are thugs and economy plunderers
    What a shame to have leaders who are shallow minded.

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    • If there is still value in the slug zccm holding should should set up a well organised company to process the slug thereby creating employment to the many redundant miners who have no means of livelihood on the copperbelt today. Jerabos are just bundits who are going to cause crime with the wealth from the slug.

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