The Mine Workers Union of Zambia has assured mine workers across the country that the challenges at both Konkola Copper Mines-KCM and Mopani Copper Mines-MCM will not dilute the country’s potential to grow the industry.
MUZ President Joseph Chewe says the developments at the two mining giants should not cause any source of worry to all miners.
Mr. Chewe was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Kitwe. He said what is happening at both KCM and Mopani is a minor setback and will not significantly affect the growth of the economy.
Mr. Chewe has asked union members not to despair but to ensure that the country benefits largely from its mineral wealth.
Last week Mopani Copper Mines Plc confirmed that it is going ahead to shut down two of its shafts on the Copperbelt.About 600 direct employees of Mopani Copper Mines at Mindola North and Central shafts will be laid off and 1500 contractors will be affected by the closure of the two shafts.