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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Government suspends mining activities at the Roan Basin CNMC-Luanshya copper Mines

Economy Government suspends mining activities at the Roan Basin CNMC-Luanshya copper Mines

The government has suspended mining activities at the Roan Basin CNMC-Luanshya Copper Mines PLC. Mines Minister Richard Musukwa says this is because the firm has not met all the conditions of approval of the project.

Mr. Musukwa says it is sad that the firm had started to carry out some activities even before the project is fully approved. To this effect, Mr. Musukwa says appropriate sanctions will be meted out on the mining company by Government.

In a statement to media yesterday, The Minister said with total disregard of the conditions, management started clearing the site for the roan basin open pit and in the process disturbed some surface infrastructure such as the cricket club and the basketball court.

However, management’s explanation for the action is that the firm wanted to clear the surface area and not to start mining operations.

According to the production projections submitted to the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development, Mining of the Roan Basin is scheduled to start towards the end of the Muliashi Project in 2025

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  1. Ok, who are these people, the Chinese?

    Unfortunately, this is what happens when the only “action” Govt takes is threatening sanctions and, wait for it…., “the full force of the Law to come down” (the most beloved threat among Zambian Govt officials.) Which means absolutely nothing anymore. In the end nothing is done about it and carnage and impunity marches on like there is no Govt. And you wonder why even political cadres have become such a destructive force in Zambia.

    Sometimes it pays to make examples of some of these misbehaving characters showing up in our country as investors. They should be made to pay for disregarding our Laws and systems. How come, if there is such a clear agreement, these people feel and think it is ok to behave this way? Clearly, somebody in Govt…

  2. Continue….

    is asleep at the switch. Or is it the entire Govt/system that is rotten and doesn’t give a damn anymore?

  3. This can be resolved at local level with the ministry. This is a trivial matter for me to involve eagle 1

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  4. Another company that they handed to the Chinks when we advised them not to …..what of KCM these morns have kept quiet about it!!

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  5. They started the work because they don’t respect you at all. They know that your government, starting with corrupt lazy Lungu himself, is incompetent and will not do anything about it. So instead of complaining or issuing empty threats, show them that you mean business. If they get away with it, even before the project is fully approved, rest assured that they’ll break many more rules and regulations, and conditions of your agreement once the project is fully operational. Fine them heavily or tell them that their project has been cancelled. Only then will they respect you. You incompetent bunch.

  6. Mr. Musukwa says it is sad that the firm had started to carry out some activities even before the project is fully approved.

  7. LIE – DETECTOR – The Chinks are very smart chaps…if you go there to them and say I want expensive looking jeans but at knockoff price they will give it you in a container and if you ask them for high quality jeans to the highest specification at a competitive wholesale price they will provide with packaging. Our PF govt is the former they want kickbacks and give away prices without negotiation a beneficial deal for all stakeholders. The same Chinese are investing billions in UK doing everything by the book employing locals in their companies in even top positions.

  8. Mr. Musukwa is a dull chap a former Primary school teacher …he is another of Lungu’s empty suit appointees!

  9. Government suspends mining activities at the Roan Basin CNMC-Luanshya copper Mines
    These are not mining activities. At least not yet.

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  10. I would want to believe the Govt with the whole machinery at its disposal has determined that the company has started mining activities without the laid down procedures. The levels of compliance in our coumntry are unfortunate extremely low. Some of it is pure corruption by low-level individuals charged with the responsibility of monitoring compliace and some of it is pure incompetency by those officers charged to carry out this function. There is high levels of disregard for compliance in our country. One example is the block making industry. Some People, out of ignorance are buying substandard blocks as long as they are told it is 6″ or 4″ they take it as gospel truth some unscrupulous block makers are taking advantsge of this level ignorance of a few customers e. g. your 6″ is 15…

  11. … Some People, out of ignorance are buying substandard blocks as long as they are told it is 6″ or 4″ they take it as gospel truth some unscrupulous block makers are taking advantsge of this level ignorance of a few customers e. g. your 6″ is 15 x 19 x 39 (cm). But ignorant customers are buying blocks wich do not meet these standards for the same price as a standard 6″ block, very sad. Some blocks are even 13 x 16.5 x 17 (cm) at least one block maker in Lusaka had this type of block size. If our officers are enforcing this standard they would save a lot of customers from being short changed.

  12. Zambia Wake up!
    a country with all the natural resources ,
    I was born there 1968. left in 1976 after all the whites stole the cooper from
    Ndola.
    Don’t let the Chinks or any other nation come in with promises than steal the future!
    Government needs to stop corruption at the highest level, or there will always be a poor Zambia.
    People of Zambia should be first. Stop . Think. than proceed.
    I came back to my birthplace in 2002 , was stunned at the poverty , but the people even than had so much hope.
    Stop raping the country of its copper and stop letting the greedy people control the government .

  13. Barrick Joins Fight Against Covid-19 in Zambia

    Lusaka, Zambia – April 7, 2020 – Barrick Gold Corporation’s country manager for Zambia, Nathan Chishimba, today handed a cheque for US$530,000 to Minister of Health Hon Dr Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Mines & Mineral Development Hon Richard Musukwa and Provincial Minister Hon Nathaniel Mubukwanu. The donation is designed to support the country in combating and containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

    At the ceremony, Chishimba said Barrick had already introduced extensive measures to protect workers and their families living in and around its Lumwana mine against the virus.

    “As a committed partner to Zambia we would also like to make a contribution to the government’s fight against the pandemic. We are consequently funding the…

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