Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda
Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda

Government has asked Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) to rescind its decision to close two shafts at its Nkana site.

Mopani announced the shaft closures on Thursday in a move that an opposition leader said had led to 1,400 job losses.

Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda on Friday said he had written to Mopani to ask the company not to close the two shafts because it had not exhausted discussions with the government.

Chanda said the government had, among other suggestions, asked Mopani to hand over the running of the shafts to local contractors instead of closing them.

“We haven’t concluded talks with them,” Chanda told Reuters.

“Mopani can’t arbitrarily take a decision to shut the two shafts without the participation of the government.”

A Mopani spokesman could not be reached for immediate comment.

The closure of the two uneconomic shafts had always been part of its plans, Mopani said on Thursday, adding that the move would allow it to channel funds towards completion of other expansion projects.

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    • It is about time to send Mopani packing. They are no better than KCM. We can run the mines. My dad was among those who did. The good news is that HAZALUZA HAGAIN.

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  1. A country at the mercy of a mining company. In life never become reliant on some one. Even my Swiss white wife knows this. That is why she has her own investment and savings separate from mine. It is one thing I found attractive about her. She just didn’t sing independent woman like most black women do l. She actually lived it. I love her and continue to offer my support to her in business advice and even bedroom satisfaction

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    • I bet you’re no different from those whom you’re criticizing, just the same, living off the sweat off you’re Swiss wife. Bonehead!!! I was going to suggest you get some medical help, but on second thoughts, I guess that’ll simply be a waste of time and money as you’re too far gone, beyond any help whatsoever. Too bad!!!

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    • Mumba you are proving me right pal. My post is saying that we have separate investments in addition to joint ones. You assume that my wife is the bread winner because she is white and because your fellow black leader have let you down. What you don’t realise is that I earned more than my woman before my early retirement and also continue to bring in more than she does. However that is unimportant because when I die she will inherit it all anyway and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am not leaving anything for any zambian relative apart from my.lw kids. You must be a zambian woman mumba

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  2. Ala bane you can’t run someone’s business from the terrace….. You can’t make rules of how someone should do their business just so they can keep maintain your relevance…. In business one need to make profit…its not charity….if it ain’t making sense to keep running the shaft why not close it???

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  3. Mumba you are right, the guy is inferior to the wife because he’s entirely dependent on the woman. It seems he is under strict instructions to praise sing the woman on daily basis otherwise, he will thrown out of ”marriage”. When you have nothing to other in a relationship you become a stooge to impress the other partner by praising them daily. You can’t see anything wrong in them because you are spineless and engulfed in inferiority complex ,such men are a disgrace to society. Shameless creature feeding on a unsuspecting Swiss woman , by showering her with perpetual daily praises. Its mediocrity of the highest order

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    • kapoma it seems Uk life has treated you badly. you must be single lonely and bored. it is worse in the british weather. stay strong you might find some one that likes you too…

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  4. The problem is that we have people who can’t think properly in leadership positions. If Mopani has made a sound business decision why should a salaried civil servant whose performance can’t be gauged intervene as if it were another useless Ministry? Send an expert to do a cost to benefit analysis to verify the claims. The problem with Mopani is that it does business with politics, what with Ministers and labour leaders being suppliers and contractors?

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  5. Mopani shut the two shafts because they have come to an end of their economic life. The two shafts can’t make any more money so why would the government want to make someone run a mine that will make a loss. If government have another way of making the two shafts profitable let them take it up like they are doing with KCM.

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  6. There is urgent need for Neez to visit a nearest mental institution for thorough mental evaluation.my own evaluation tells me he is just a house nigro suffering from Stockholm syndrome.locally, this shameful and shocking behavior is known as ‘mzungu anikonde.” we saw this faceless behavior on the plantations during slavery and during colonial period. Unfortunately, we seeing today one good example is the gentleman Neez who is forever foolishly praising his wife and downgrading his own race. That’s a typical mzungu anikonde or house nigro signature.

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