Jubilee Metals Group has announced that the mining license for the Kabwe project in Zambia has been reinstated with immediate effect by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development.
In a previous announcement BMR Group (BMR) reported that they received a letter from the Mining and Cadastre Department of Zambia terminating, with immediate effect, the aforementioned mining right in respect of BMR’s Kabwe operation.
BMR also stated that the letter received on 7 February 2018 indicated that BMR has 30 days to exercise its right of appeal.
This reinstatement of the mining licences therefore paves the way for Jubilee in partnership with BMR to commence with the joint execution of the project.
“We welcome this decision by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development of Zambia which, recognises the work already performed on the project and the advanced state of the project’s execution readiness,” comments chief executive Leon Coetzer.
“The execution of the project which includes a lead, zinc and vanadium recovery circuit will be placed on an accelerated programme.
“Our project team continued working unabatedly on the execution of the Kabwe project and we are confident that the time lines specified under the reinstatement conditions of the licence can be met.”
The Kabwe project mining licence 7081-HQ-SML was reinstated with immediate effect, subject to conditions specified by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development.
These conditions were set to ensure the execution of the project is advanced without delay.
Conditions include that plant construction commence within three months of the reinstatement of the licence with commissioning commencing by 30 September 2018 and the first production due by 30 December 2018.
Why were the mining activities terminated?
The license was terminated because of delays in executing the Project milestones. As you are aware the new Mines Ministers has issued a warning to all mining license holders THAT THESE LICENSES WILL BE REVOKED IF THEY REMAIN INACTIVE – meaning if there is no proof of activity on the ground against stipulated plan then the license gets revoked, and be re-issued to more promising prospectors.
Most Zambians get mining licenses with the view to hold land and look for prospective Business entities to buy the same land from them e.g. the Chinese (Zhong Guo Ren). This practice in not beneficial to Zambia because job creation is delayed and government loses revenue from undeveloped mines (opportunity loss).
Licence? This one was given by HH and HaJ!
Will this help the Ghost town to develop..
Need to see the improvement within this coming months
this is not ghost town………do not use terms that you do not understand.
Am more than happy to hear this good news to kabwe town and also it bring more sanity in our compound due to lead affection,thanks.it’s now the time to finish all civil works that left untouched,am part of construction.
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