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No Miner will lose Job at Mopani, President Lungu Assures Workers


Kitwe, January 8, 2021 ZANIS — President Edgar Lungu has assured miners at Mopani Copper Mines that there will be no job losses at the mining firm.

And President Lungu has told management at Mopani that the government will ensure talks with Glencore are promptly concluded to bring certainty to the Mining giant.

President Lungu said this when he addressed miners at Mopani Copper Mines plant in Kitwe today.

“I’m urging you to continue working hard because it is through hard work that the economy will be sustained. I can assure you that Mopani Copper Mines will remain viable and vibrant,” President Lungu told the miners.

The Head of State has since called on union leaders to continue encouraging their members on the need to continue working hard and ensure production is up and running.

“I’m asking you the unions to continue working very hard like we have always done previously, and ensure that minerals are extracted. Continue encouraging your members that soon the light will shine,” President Lungu said.

President Lungu explained that his job is to ensure that hope is restored in the miners, further assuring them of his government’s support.

And Minister of Mines, Richard Musukwa said the mine will continue operating and that government will ensure much needed support is rendered to keep it afloat.

Meanwhile, Mopani Copper Mines ,Chief Executive Office, Charles Sakanya said 2020 was a very difficult year for the mining company, but hopes to see a better 2021.

Workers Listening to President Lungu at Mopani Mines
Workers Listening to President Lungu at Mopani Mines
Workers Listening to President Lungu at Mopani Mines
Workers Listening to President Lungu at Mopani Mines
Mopani Mine


  1. Miner’s are fed up with his promises,in 2015 he was in mufulira and assured Miner’s that no Miner will suffer prunning,He did not even reach Sabina many received letters of termination, what did he do?!, promised them “ex Miner’s” farm lands,who has any land from the promised Land,Non,Today he was here at Mopani Nkana mine,Not even giving the gallant men any voice,the men waited for him alas it ended a forward chatting rally.

  2. Not under pf. Our people come first. Hh will sell you to anglo America and you will become slaves. Vote pf for your own good

  3. Before you start praising this useless man Edgar …ask him how many shares Zambia has in Mopani Copper Mines? Mopani Copper Mines PLC (“Mopani”) is a Zambian registered company owned by Carlisa Investments Corporation (a joint venture company comprising Glencore International AG (73.1%) and First Quantum Minerals Ltd (16.9%)) and ZCCM-IH (10%). Minority shareholders are spread throughout the world, in various locations.
    So this dumb man Edgar has no leg to stand to make those assurances apart from giving the Mapani tax breaks which will cost the taxpayers….instead of wasting his time in CB campaigning he should be in Lusaka fixing the economy.

  4. Zambian useless, one lie by a failed dull useless worst pre on earth who had driven the country down the drain and you say his in control you must dull just like Chi colour Edgar

  5. An easy promise to make when you freeze their pay. Soon, Mopani will have the lowest paid employees in the mining sector. Same case with ZCCM that kept a bloated workforce of 54,000 with graduate engineers unable to afford a TV and needing furniture loans to buy a bed!

  6. Assurances year on and year on since you came into power. Yet thousands have lost their jobs in the mines during the same period. As a minority share holder, on what basis is this statement made?

  7. To the miners I say tie a cloth over your eyes and believe “no one will lose their job” at the same time ask yourselves what the experience has been of jobs in the mines! The president is blowing hot air for the majority share holders make decisions basing on figures and not the heart!

  8. Now, Mineworker didn’t have to worry about the job. If the words are coming from the mouth of President Lungu then it’s 100% true.

  9. Lungu’s government is ever ready to support Zambians. The opposition is spreading lies that PF doesn’t care about people, but in reality, they are the ones who use people for their selfish political needs.

  10. The country is blessed with natural resources, and the mining industry has huge potential to boost our economy. And, through President Lungu’s economic recovery programme within 2-3 years, the economy will boost up.

  11. I think, 2020 was a difficult year for every sector. But, we hope that 2021 will bring positive changes in the country. More Schemes and development projects are awaiting. As long as Mr. Lungu is our President our future is saved.

  12. President Lungu launched a big platform for the mining sector, tourism sector, for job generation under ERP. There is no need for the mineworkers to be scared of losing their jobs.

  13. By ignoring all the rumors, the worker should focus on their job and work hard. Only through hard work and dedication, our economy will grow, rapidly.

  14. Let the dull people say whatever they want to, President Lungu will be the clear winner of the upcoming august elections. He deserves to be our President.

  15. It just goes to show that he doesn’t understand the problems at the mines and the economy at large. Even during ZCCM time redundancies were inevitable. Zambia now has over 50,000 unemployed teachers going forward this will be the same situation in the nursing profession. It is possible we have 10,000+ nurses. The president was quoted saying, government will only employ these potential teachers depending on the economy. in short there is no guarantee teachers will get employed in the next 2 to 3 years time. What is so painful is that his Excellency the President ECL claims he want to bring development to the country without leaving anyone behind? Words without corresponding action.
    Coming back to the issue of redundancies at, whether it is a government or private take over, redundancies…

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