Chililabombwe patriotic front Member Of Parliament Richard Musukwa
Mines Minister and Chililabombwe patriotic front Member Of Parliament Richard Musukwa

Mines Minister Richard Musukwa has urged Lubambe Mine to consider allocating portions of its mining extension-project on the Copperbelt province to small scale miners.

Mr Musukwa says taking such an approach will contribute to governments efforts of enhancing participation of Zambians in the Mineral value.He was speaking when he graced the opening of the Lubambe Mine extension-project Office and Corporate offices for the project extension team in Lusaka.

Mr Musukwa said the extension of the mine will have a positive impact on the economic development of the nation at large.
He noted that the Mine extension project will have the potential to create jobs and spur business opportunities for Zambian contractors and suppliers.

And Lubambe Chief Executive Officer Nick Bowen emphasized that the development of Lubambe Mines Extension project will significantly increase copper production.Mr Bowen said Lubambe Mine has projected production in excess of 30,000 tonnes of copper and is forecast to eclipse 40,000 tons in 2021 after the project is completed.

He also said that he will consistently interact with government and ZCCM-IH in order to drive the extension project forward.
Meanwhile Lubambe Board Chairman Owen Hegarty said the Lubambe Mines extension project will create more jobs for Zambians and contribute to the Zambian economy once it takes off.

Mr Hegarty also thanked government for the support rendered in the quest to improve operations at Lubambe Mine.

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13 COMMENTS

    • Where is Lubambe Mine? Who owns it? What is this extension about? Extending shafts? Extending operations? Extending administrative systems? Extending what? All these are questions a trained reporter should have answered in this report but Zedian reporters

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  1. Are there any occupational safety standards in this country, really scary, do these people understand the risks, this generation of young men on the Copperbelt will be wiped out in a few years because of exposures to chemicals and all manner of things that are not addressed, shameful. Senseless non thinking entity

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  2. Another dull empty suit in cabinet….what is your definition of a Small Scale Miner Musukwa? Just today you have sent police to your miners to arrest those people employing children in those underground deathtraps …you dont even know what is happening on the ground?
    Just go back to teaching school pupils!!

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  3. P.F A CLUELESS PARTY, RUN BY CADRES, FOR CADRE’S, PIMPS, PR02T1TUTES, & PIRATES!
    These Goons have run out of ideas as managing a nation is not the same as running a bottle store, or tavern in Chawama.
    Reality has finally dawned & they are realising creating half a million jobs is not the same as sitting on a bench drinking Chibuku, burping the loudest, whilst hallucinating under an alcohol induced stupor. Manje’ ni chipantepante.
    DZIKO LATHA ZO -ONA!!

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  4. ORDER:
    Ladies and Gentlemen lets have order in the National economic activities. We are eroding the confidence in this important industry. We can’t be waking up daily with such headlines and expect to build investor confidence.
    Put up proposals or business plans with Zambian technocrats and support them. Empowering Zambians is not just about cadres or jerabos. Orderly promotion of such will both involve Zambians as well build better investor confidence and work relations.

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  5. Mr. Minister b serious, are u really serious of wht you are asking. Wht development is it going to bring? Just look whr those small scale miners operate, is tht morning? Ulaba serious, u begin silly now be minister.

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  6. This further makes Zambia a less attractive investment destination as Property Rights seem to be non-existent now! The government can just wake up and encroach on your mine lease! Do these chaps understand they have killed investor confidence and mining in Zambia? We’ll only be attracting more corrupt infestors!

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  7. Why not give them KCM grabbed from those Indians? Why give them small things? They’re your base and they will arrange that you win the elections.

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    • Just wondering how these small scale miners will sink a shaft worth million of dollars considering that Lubambe’s resources seat deep down in the Earth’s crust?

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  8. IS HE MAD ??????????????? WHY DOESN’T HE GIVE STREET HAWKERS HALF OF HIS BUSINESS ?? PF ARE NOW TRYING EVERYTHING TO WIN ELECTIONS – THEY DON’T CARE IF THEY CHASE INVESTORS AWAY ——- OUR COUNTRY IS DYING UNDER THESE DUNDERHEADS,

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  9. Ba Minister please you are embarassing us. First do you know the type of ore at Lubambe? I guess you dont know. Let me educate you.Its sulphide mineralization with traces of oxide copper. Such copper ores will only be economical after concentration because the head grades are lower and copper can not be easily extracted by hydrometallurgical processes.So giving them part of the mine wont help and worst still Lubambe is an underground mine,those jerabos have no clue of what to takes to mine from underground. Its not like black mountain or some old abandoned oxide open cast mine. So bwana minister try to consult than showing your ignorance.

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