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Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe suspends mining activities at all Black Mountains

Headlines Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe suspends mining activities at all Black Mountains

Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe has suspended mining activities at all dumpsites, popularly know as black mountains, until there is sanity in the operations.

Speaking to journalists at a Media briefing today in Lusaka, Mr. KAbuswe said that government wants sanity and order to be restored in the operations while it promotes small-scale mining in the dumpsites.

The Minister said that there is a need to create a legal framework for youths to fairly participate in small-scale mining.

Mr. Kabuswe said that government will ensure mine workers earn decent salaries and that government wants sanity and laws that will not disadvantage investors and miners.

During the Patriotic Front reign, former President Edgar Lungu got a glaring tribute for handing over 10% shares of the black mountain to the youths on the Copperbelt saying the move was aimed at empowering the unemployed youths in the province and that the people opposing to the then government decided to handover the 10% share of the black mountain to the youths don’t mean well to the Zambian youths in general.

According to the then Copperbelt Province Minister, Japhen Mwakalombe, the decision to hand over a 10% share of the black mountain should have been seen in the light of empowering the youths in the province and not for political because it was another form of creating jobs for youths in the province.

“For sure this decision has nothing to do with politics but a service be given to the youths on the Copperbelt by the government snd will benefit the young people especially the unemployed youth in the province ”

He urged all well-meaning Zambians to support the decision made by the president to give back 10% share of the black mountain to the youths than leaving it in the hands of elements that does little or nothing to the development of the country.

Mwakalombe also disclosed that the young people that will be working on the black mountain will be trained in safety measures to avoid losing lives

“The Young people that will be working on the black mountain will not be there to earn a living but also will be learning the art of mining.”

He clarified the people will not be mining on the black mountain perse but expertise will be guided to them by the ministry of mine.

President Lungu poses for a photo with Jerabos after a meeting at State House on Friday.
File:President Lungu poses for a photo with Jerabos after a meeting at State House on Friday.

President Lungu poses for a photo with Jerabos after a meeting at State House on Friday.
President Lungu poses for a photo with Jerabos after a meeting at State House on Friday.

19 COMMENTS

  1. As reports have emerged , we have big time crooks like shawi monopolising rights to those dumps that were meant to benefit unemployed youths……..

    Let those crooks go into farming or manufacturing , they have capital, and leave those dumps for unemployed youth…..

    Sanity is needed for fairness and health and safety……

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  2. UPND will be the easiest party to be voted out,,,mark my words….,,,Lungu created more employment for the youth than any other President

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  3. Just give the mountain to a company wholly owned by Zambians so that we don’t continue losing money through the ignorance of these so-called youth. That mountain is part of the national cake whose returns have to be maximised and used wisely. What’s pertaining isn’t rational, as the PF sponsored youth didn’t have the capacity ot process the materials and extract maximum value from that asset. What’s happening there isn’t any different from boys in Congo mining cobalt for sale to foreigners, who then make billions, while their country continues to borrow money at high cost. There’s also the health risk. Time to reset and re-evaluate that approach.

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  4. Now HH wants to eat with the big boys…youths please move over and keep on moving…..Bally will fix you kikikikiki yaba Politicians awe mwe

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  5. Saulosi, Lungu created employment for the youth than any other president and then the same youths went out in hordes to vote him out. Can you explain that little paradox?? This is what made Lungu lose, you tuma bootlickers who kept telling him everything is fine. Make sure you have your BP meds for the next five years mune coz no one can top PF failures. The only trajectory we expect is up.

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  6. So you stop the youths from mining so that you can come up with a better formula of operation for these dumps?
    Why not allow them to continue in the meantime while you are working on it since they need to survive? How long will the process take and what happens to the youth in the meantime?
    Anyway,let the youth experience the upnd govt for themselves. That’s what they voted for. We will soon hear that the black mountain has been sold to a company which will then purportedly employ the youth. Upnd is about big business, the big boys, capitalists, and not the ordinary guy in the street.
    Sorry ba yufi!

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  7. @Dudelove…….the YOUTHS were cheated , dribbled. Now they will regret. The “mountains” will go to the big boys. HH eats with big boys……not street nothings. Missing Edgar Lungu!!! The peoples president.

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  8. Ba London, the only people those black mountains benefited were the jerabos and they make part of the 1.8 million dullards who still went ahead and voted for a visionless clown.

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  9. 10% went to youths – which youths? Ownership requires a registered business or names of partners. The whole thing looked dodgy. Mining the waste from precious mining operations requires proper processing equipment. Its not something you should be doing without training and investment.

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