A miner died earlier this month at Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Mufulira after falling into a pit while working underground. He joins many quiet victims of our poor safety conditions in the mines. The incident did not get much media publicity.
A recent article by the Chamber of Mines suggests that Tranter Resources Zambia Limited, with two large-scale prospecting licences in Luapula, may begin the transformation : "The year 2013 should see the commencement of construction of the first Zambian-owned large-scale mine in Luapula Province. Luapula would then become the new large-scale mining province of Zambia". Much depends on getting bankable feasibility studies completed this year - but estimates point to mangane mining capacity in the two areas with around 20 year lifespan.
Mopani Copper Mines last week handed over to Government the rehabilitated Central Street-Chibuluma-Mindolo ring road, constructed at a cost of K52 billion. The road was rehabilitated as part of its "corporate responsibility" programme. The company is also undertaking the rehabilitation of the 19-kilometre Mufulira-Sabina Road which it expects to be complete by the end of the year.
First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is proposing the establishment of a multi facility economic zone in Kalumbila in Solwezi, which hosts the Sentinel mine. The company hopes that "the creation of the zone will encourage the growth of international firms, to establish mine servicing workshops".