Sometimes you read something that just blows your mind away. Consider this exchange in Parliment earlier this month :
So let me get this right. The extraction cost of manganese is below $70 per tonne (for the local miners to make some profit from sweat), this when refined costs $1000 per tonne. To make it worse around February 2008 it peaked around $4,000. Of course the government never made money out of this because there's so "abnormal profit" that it makes commercial sense to process it outside Zambia. Someone out there is making some serious money and it not GRZ.
Hon Mukanga [MP, Kantanshi]: Mr Speaker, the hon. Minister has stated that the price of manganese is above US$1,000 per tonne, is he aware that the miners in Luapula are being exploited because they are selling manganese at US$70 per tonne and the Government is losing revenue? What is the Government doing about it?
Mr M. B. Mwale [Minister for Mines]: Mr Speaker, the challenge that we have, as a Government, is in terms of inadequate power supply in Luapula so that we could have smelters in place which could produce finished products of manganese. As of now, the product that is produced from Luapula Province, is not processed manganese, hence the low prices that are obtaining.