Tender for the Provision of Common Leasehold Certificates of Title Deeds for ZCCM-IH Property Assets in Lusaka, Kabwe and Chililabombwe
The Bidders named below have been evaluated as the best bidders for the procurement requirements detailed below. In accordance with the requirement of clause 121 of the Public Procurement Regulations, 2011, it is the intention of ZCCM-IH, the procuring entity, to award contracts to the bidders named after ten (10) working days from the display given below.
Procurement Reference Number
Provision of Common Leasehold Certificates of Title Deeds for ZCCM-IH Property Assets in Lusaka, Kabwe and Chililabombwe
ZMW 1,489,627.20, Inclusive of VAT and Withholding Tax
Date of Display
20th January 2022
Date of Removal
3rd February 2022
The display of this notice does not constitute an award of contract to the selected Bidders.
Bid acceptance and contract placement shall be in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulations. Bidders have the right to appeal in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulations, 2011 within ten (10) working days from the date of publication of this notice.
The Bidder named below has been evaluated as the best evaluated bidder for the procurement requirements detailed below. In accordance with the requirement of clause 121 of the Public Procurement Regulations, 2011, it is the intention of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH), the procuring entity, to award the contracts to the bidder named after ten (10) working days from the display given below.
Procurement Reference Number
Design, Print, Supply and Delivery of Various ZCCM-IH Branded Collaterals
Method of Procurement
Open National Bidding
Names and Addresses of Best Evaluated Bidders
Lot 1& 2. Retro International Zambia Limited, Plot No. 6282 Mapepe Road, Lusaka, Zambia.
Lot 2. Central Clothing Factory Limited, Plot No. 12627, Chinika Industrial Area, P.O. Box 30522, Lusaka Zambia.
Proposed Contract Prices
Lot 1- ZMW360,760.00VAT Inclusive, with a Delivery Period of; Three (03) weeks from Contract Date
Lot 2- ZMW251,975.00VAT Inclusive, with a Delivery Period of; Three (03) weeks from Contract Date
Date of Display
20th January 2022
Date of Removal
3rd February 2022
The display of this notice does not constitute an award of contract to the Bidders mentioned above.
Bid acceptance and contract placement shall be in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulations. Bidders have the right to appeal, in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulations, 2011, within ten (10) working days from the date of publication of this notice.
THE year-end always comes with hype as industries and other economic players get busy planning for the coming year.
The year 2021 had its ups and downs, but on balance the economy had a mixed performance despite the tough economic environment and challenges posed by coronavirus. At the start of the year, the country’s main foreign exchange earner, the mining industry, was seemingly in deep waters and fighting for survival. Global copper prices were on a downward trend, coupled with an unpredictable taxation regime and other challenges such as electricity supply with regard to Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). Many firms had put on hold various investment projects while others contemplated putting the mines on care and maintenance, a development that could have resulted in job losses. In trying to address these challenges, Government, through ZCCM Investment Holdings (IH), increased its shareholding in Mopani Copper Mines to 100 percent through a US$1.5 billion 10-year purchase agreement. “Government’s acquisition, through ZCCM-IH, had been completed and it is well placed to build on the investment undertaken by Glencore to position the mine as a leading Zambian copper producer. “Mopani Copper Mines Plc hereby confirms that Glencore has sold its majority stake in Mopani to ZCCM-IH following the conclusion of the shareholding discussions,” said Mopani public relations manager Nebert Mulenga at the time of the take over. In 2019, the Ministry of Energy had declared transmission lines owned by Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Plc as a common carrier following the non-renewal of the bulk supply agreement with Zesco Limited. Previously, CEC used to buy electricity from Zesco and supplied it to KCM, but the declaration of its infrastructure as a common carrier meant that Zesco will use the transmission lines to power KCM at a lower fee determined by the Energy Regulation Board. Given the foregoing, Zambia’s cumulative volume of refined copper exported from January to October 2021 reduced by 4.7 percent to 735, 200 metric tonnes (mt) compared to 771,600mt in 2020 for the same period. According to the latest Zambia Statistics Agency’s monthly statistical bulletin, copper production from January to October 2020 stood at 771,600mt and the country managed to produce 110,461mt to end the year with 882,061mt. The bulletin further stated that earnings from refined copper in October 2021 decreased by 0.1 percentage point to K11.753 billion from K11.764 billion in September this year. Nevertheless, the election of President Hakainde Hichilema and the United Party for National Development (UPND) brought optimism to the industry, with Zambia Chamber of Mines president Godfrey Beene saying the mines will unlock over US$2 billion worth of investments it held due to the alleged hostile relationship with the previous administration. “The mines are ready to raise funding for the projects, which they had held back since 2019 because of tax changes that deterred investment. The mining companies’ main request to the new government is that they be allowed to deduct mineral royalties from the tax they pay on profits,” Dr Beene said.
This request has since been accepted following Minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane’s announcement in the 2022 national budget that Government intends to attract investment and boost production in the mining sector through re-introducing the deductibility of mineral royalty for corporate income tax assessment purposes. Dr Musokotwane said Government intends to stimulate the mining industry to reach three million metric tonnes annual production in the next 10 years from the current 800,000mt. Until recently, prices of petroleum products remained unchanged from December 2019 because Government subsidised importation of the commodity due to challenges faced at Indeni Petroleum Refinery, which has since been placed on care and maintenance. It has been argued that buying fuel from Indeni, which is processed twice, at source and at the Ndola plant, is more expensive compared to importation of finished products.
However, importation of finished products is also not financially sustainable because Government used to spend US$67 million monthly to waive customs and excise duties for oil marketing companies (OMCs) engaged to import. In addressing challenges in the petroleum sub-sector, Government will restructure the fuel supply chain to achieve least cost pricing while ensuring stable supply of products. “The design of the existing petroleum supply lines were largely motivated by the geo-political strategic realities of the 1960s as Zambia sought to disengage from the economic connections with southern African countries and economic efficiency was considered secondary. “These inefficiencies still exist today. For example, fuel may come into Zambia from Dar es Salaam. Whether it comes in form of raw stuff for the Indeni Refinery or finished imported stuff, it travels all the way to the storage tanks in Ndola. Despite its fair share of challenges, the electricity sub-sector performed relatively well with load-shedding held under control although three national power black-outs occurred due to system failure. The electricity sub-sector reached its climax last July when former President Edgar Lungu commissioned the 750 megawatts (MW) Kafue Gorge Lower that ensured that Zambia will now have an installed capacity of 3,600MW against peak demand of 3,000MW.
However, owing to structural rigidities in the electricity sub-sector, tariffs are not cost-reflective, hence the low private sector investment. “To attract investment within the electricity sub-sector, we will implement cost-reflective tariffs. We will work with countries in the region to accelerate the integration of electricity infrastructure projects to improve access to regional power markets,” Dr Musokotwane said. On the capital markets, 2021 saw the markets rebound, especially in the fourth quarter, with the Lusaka All Share Index (LASI) growing by 35 percent year-on-year compared to 30 percent in the same period last year.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief executive officer Philip Chitalu said with the appreciation of the Kwacha, the stock markets appear to be rebounding and the LASI showing a sharp increase. “Already, with increased demand and better profitability in listed companies, the stock prices have started to show an upward trajectory,” Mr Chitalu said. He also said SEC has received numerous inquiries from firms interested to list green bonds. During the year, SEC successfully admitted four firms on the sandbox, with two that are already live-testing their product offerings. Mr Chitalu named Lusaka Securities Exchange (LuSE), Kukula Capital, Lupiya Capital, and Premier Credit as the four entities piloting the sandbox platform.
Recently, Minister of Technology and Science Felix Mutati launched the live-testing phase of the sandbox platform. Some of the applications and products are game changers as they will provide capital to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which suits in well with the aspirations of Government on the need for SMEs to access affordable finance. On the benefits of municipal bonds if Government considered that route, Mr Chitalu said local authorities should start thinking outside the box on financing service provision in their areas. On the agriculture front, significant progress on several fronts was recorded as evidenced by the 3.6 million metric tonnes maize bumper harvest. Notable progress was also made regarding production of wheat, soya beans, rice and other food commodities. Equally, the fisheries and livestock sub-sectors have also been making steady progress towards economic growth. Understandably so, agriculture presents the best opportunity to attain growth especially that the majority of people, about 60 percent, are dependent on it. This sector has a relatively short gestation period with low capital requirements, readily available labour, abundant water resources and arable land. For a long time, the sector has faced a number of structural and other impediments to the realisation of its full potential. These include low production and productivity, limited market access, under-developed value chains and dependence on rain-fed agriculture. In the recent past, the frequency and intensity of climate events has also negatively impacted the sector. But the sector has failed to live to its full potential due to the manner it is administered, especially when it comes to the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) and the strategic food reserves that consume a huge chunk of the ministerial budget at the expense of other programmes and activities such as extension services and research and development. In 2021, FISP was allocated K5.701 billion while next year its budget is K5.372 billion to support one million smallholder farmers. It is in this vein that Government intends to reform implementation of FISP, as the current format, delivered through a combination of the direct input support (DIS) and electronic voucher system (e-voucher), has a number of challenges. Dr Musokotwane said the DIS mode of delivering inputs is unsustainable to the treasury, with expenditures increasing significantly over the years but with limited change in the number of beneficiaries and input package. “It is also characterised by serious challenges in delivery as beneficiaries have received fewer inputs than what they have paid for. Similarly, in areas where the e-voucher system is being used, some farmers have not been receiving inputs despite making a contribution. Further, there has been no equity in terms of benefit between the two delivery modalities,” he said. Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) executive director Bernadette Zulu cited poor infrastructure such as roads, especially in rural areas, as impediments to the growth of the sector. And Environment Communication Centre (ECC) board vice-chairperson Kagosi Mwamulowe said concerted efforts in averting climate change using effective soil management technologies are needed. “Improving soil fertility entails improving crop yields and food security for small-scale farmers,” Mr Mwamulowe said. Expressing similar sentiments, Zambia Alliance for Agro Ecology and Biodiversity (ZAAB) national coordinator Mutinta Nketani said organic fertiliser plants should be established countrywide using the public-private partnership (PPP) initiative. The use of technology like satellite in the sector will help decision-makers, agronomists, farmers and other stakeholders to make accurate predictions on crop yields and weather patterns. Ignotospace chairman, Siddhartha Parmar, said the company, which is promoting this concept, will use satellite and earth observation data to improve the economy through precision farming. Furthermore, cooperatives are being considered as platforms to show that farming is a business as opposed to only growing crops for home consumption. Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Development director of cooperatives Shadreck Mungalaba said cooperatives, once managed properly, are effective tools to empower citizens economically. In the advent of COVID-19, the information and communications technology (ICT) sector has proved to be vital in social and economic affairs of the country. With working from home and international meetings being held virtually, the ICT sector has enabled economic growth by facilitating delivery of services through the internet and mobile broadband. In view of this, Dr Musokotwane said, ICT is an important tool for innovation. He said financial inclusion is increasingly creating employment opportunities for youths in various sectors such as transport, trade and financial services.
Pursuant to section 3.59 of the LuSE Listing Requirements, the Board of Directors of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (the “Board”) wishes to announce the retirement of Mr Michael Chibonga as a Director with effect from 13 December 2021.
The Board also wishes to announce the appointment of the following as Directors effective 14 December 2021.
Ms Dolika E S Banda – Chairperson of the Board.
Ms. Dolika E S Banda has extensive and deep experience in development finance, and is an Independent Consultant focused on accelerating impact-driven transformational economic development in emerging markets, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa integration.
Equipped with natural leadership talent and proven decisive business acumen, Ms Banda is a globally exposed and versatile C-suite executive, bringing over 30 years of emerging markets development finance experience with a global purview. She has had oversight for portfolios of several billion US-dollars across the globe, managed by diverse multi-cultural teams in multiple geographic locations.
With an over 36-year career, Ms Banda has held senior positions with Citibank Zambia, Barclays Bank Zambia, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), the UK government’s development finance institution (CDC Group Plc) and the African Union’s African Risk Capacity Insurance Company (ARC Ltd). With a focus on banking and finance, her international experience combines operational investments as well as policy advice. She has worked across the globe, including Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Central Asia and the United States of America.
Ms Banda has served in various capacities including being the CEO of the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company (ARC Ltd), and worked for the IFC for 16 years from 1996 to 2012, mainly based in Washington DC. Her current board directorship roles include;
CARE International USA, CDC Group Plc and Harith General Partners in South Africa.
Ms Banda’s board skills include Business alliances, Financial leadership, Financial management, Organizational leadership, Policy optimization, Relationship management, Shareholder accountability and Strategic planning.
Mr Gregory C Kabwe
Mr Gregory Chomba Kabwe serves as Director – Investment and Debt Management (IDM) under the Ministry of Finance and National Planning. Under this position he is responsible for managing public debt and Government investments to ensure debt sustainability, returns on investment and meet the financing requirements.
Mr Kabwe holds a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy and a Bachelor of Laws Degree. He is also a Fellow of both the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In his earlier studies, Mr Kabwe obtained a National Accounting Technician Certificate and a Science Laboratory Technician Advanced Certificate.
Mr Kabwe has served at senior management level in various positions in Government.
Prior to his appointment as Director -IDM, he held positions of Director – Policy Research and Standards and Chief Accountant – Policy Research and Standards.
Mr Kabwe has also previously served in various capacities in Government including positions of Principal Accountant – Payroll Monitoring Unit, Principal Accountant – Provincial Accounting Control Unit, Senior Accountant, Regional Accountant and Assistant Accountant.
Mr Kabwe’s experience on Boards include serving as Non-Executive Director on Development Bank of Zambia and the Board of Zambia National Building Society. He has also sat on various Boards and Technical Committees of parastatal bodies
Mr Moses S Nyirenda
Mr Moses Smart Nyirenda is the Director – Human Resource and Administration at the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development (MoMMD). He holds a Master of SciencesHuman Resource (HR) Management, a Bachelor of Sciences – Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Personnel Management. He is a member of the Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management. Mr Nyirenda has 33 years of civil service experience specialising in public administration.
Mr Nyirenda has vast experience at senior management level. Prior to his appointment at Director level, he held positions of Assistant Director – HR and Administration and Administrative Officer, amongst others.
Mr Nyirenda has served in various capacities in other Ministries either on secondment or attachment on special duties which included the secondment to Medical Stores Ltd as a Government Liaison Officer to oversee the restructuring of medical stores to a management contract company from a government run parastatal. During his career, Mr Nyirenda has sat on various Ministerial Committees and Committees of parastatal companies such as ZAMTEL and Zambia Railways Ltd.
Bishop John H Mambo
Bishop John H Mambo is a multi-lingual, dynamic leader within Zambia and beyond. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Langwith College, University of York in England. His career includes pastoral, community and public service with corporate experience. He has more than twenty-five years devoted to spreading the word of God whilst being deeply involved in caring for vulnerable and orphaned children in the rural communities. He was also the regional overseer for the Church of God for a number of years, his last position being Suprintendent in charge of East, Central and Southern Africa.
Bishop Mambo has served in various capacities which include amongst others, Board Chairman for the Programme against Malnutrition, General Manager for Chekos Group (Zambia) and as Assistant Air Traffic controller for the Department of Civil Aviation. He has also served in various public appointments which include the Chairman of Foresight Investments in 2019, the Board of Mulele Mwana Old People’s village as well as Chairperson for Civic Society for Constitutional Agenda (CISCA) in 2017, amongst others.
He has also held various public service appointments which include Commissioner on the Mun’gomba Constitutional Review Commission (2002-2005), Board member on the Zambia Privatization Agency (ZPA), member of the board of the National Aids Council and served in the Churches Health Association of Zambia(CHAZ) as a member amongst others. He has further served on peace and mediation missions to several countries which include Congo DRC, Angola, Mozambique and South Africa.
Bishop Mambo has received several honors and awards in his distinguished service.
The Board looks forward to the contribution of the newly appointed directors to the Company and expects that their participation will add value and bring dynamism to ZCCM-IH.
The Board would also like to thank Mr Chibonga for his contribution to ZCCM-IH during the time he served as Non-Executive Director and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
By Order of the Board Mr. Chabby Chabala Company Secretary ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc
15th December 2021, Lusaka, Zambia – ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc’s (“ZCCM-IH” or the “Company”) majority shareholder, the Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (IDC) has appointed the Company’s new Board Chairperson Ms. Dolika E. S. Banda and three other Board Directors namely Mr. Gregory C. Kabwe, currently serving as Director – Investment and Debt Management under the Ministry of Finance and National Planning; Mr. Moses S. Nyirenda, the Director – Human Resource and Administration at the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development; and Bishop John H. Mambo who has served in various capacities in the private and public sectors.
Ms. Dolika Banda an investment and financial expert is the first female Board Chairperson to head ZCCM-IH, with a wealth of over 36 years of experience from various local and international organisations across the globe.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Banda says she is honoured to be awarded an opportunity to serve the country through this position. “I do not underestimate the challenges that lie ahead – yet therein lies the opportunity. Working together for a common goal, as I know we will do, I see a ZCCM-IH that will fly high, just as the eagle on our flag soars against all odds” she adds.
Ms. Banda further states that her aspiration for ZCCM-IH is “to see a ZCCM-IH Group that claims and earns its rightful status as the engine and driver of a new, transformational, solutions-driven and inclusive economy – underpinned by awareness of the global issues of today and good governance”. She underscores that success will be that the intrinsic value of the ZCCM-IH Group will be reflected in its relevance, healthy relationships with its strategic partners, and ultimately, in its global market price.
Ms. Banda has assured ZCCM-IH shareholders that she will endeavor to lead the Board such that the decisions will always be in the best interest of the Company. She further states that despite the many challenges faced by the Company in the past “there is now a wave of a positive confluence of key influencing factors such as political goodwill, coupled with international confidence, shareholder optimism and patience, and positive demographic dynamics” to spur the Company to growth.
ZCCM-IH now has a fully constituted eight-member Board including Directors representing NAPSA, the minority shareholders, and the IDC.
The Industrial Development Corporation has announced the appointment of Dolika Banda as Chairperson of the ZCCM-IH Board.
Ms. Banda is also a Non Executive Director at the CDC Group plc, a development finance institution owned by the UK government.
She is also an independent Non-executive Director at Harith Infrastructure Investment and a Global Ambassador for The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment.
She is the former CEO of African Risk Capacity Insurance Ltd and has held Non-Executive Director positions at Ecobank Transnational and the UK Department for International Development’s Financial Sector Deepening Africa programme.
Daughter to former President Rupiah Banda, Dolika has many years experience in international finance and banking and has worked across the world in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the US.
A former Director at the IFC, and a former Regional Director for Africa at CDC Group, Ms. Banda’s involvement in development finance followed a successful career in banking in which she held senior positions at Barclays Bank Zambia in corporate and merchant banking and at Citibank Zambia in financial control, credit, treasury and international relationships.
She holds a Master’s in International Business from Schiller University.
She is the first female Board Chairperson to head ZCCM-IH.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Banda says she is honoured to be awarded an opportunity to serve the country through this position saying she does not underestimate the challenges that lie ahead.
ZCCM-IH now has a fully constituted eight-member Board including Directors representing NAPSA, the minority shareholders and the IDC.
Others appointed to the Board are Gregory Kabwe, currently serving as Director – Investment and Debt Management under the Ministry of Finance and National Planning; Moses Nyirenda, the Director Human Resource and Administration at the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development; and Bishop John Mambo who has served in various capacities in the private and public sectors.
Konkola Copper Mines Plc remains under the management of the Provisional Liquidator, according to an official statement from the mining company.
“Konkola Copper Mines Plc (“KCM”) remains under the management and control of the provisional liquidator, pursuant to the Court Order dated 21st May 2019”, read a statement issued by General Manager Corporate Affairs Shapi Shachinda on 10th December 2021. “We note a Vedanta Resources Holdings (“Vedanta”) statement dated 7th December 2021 which seeks to give the impression that they have regained management control of the KCM asset”.
According to a media release attributed to Vedanta, Dr Moses Banda was announced as the Spokesperson of Vedanta in Zambia. “Vedanta Resources Holdings Limited and its parent, Vedanta Resources Limited is pleased to announce that Dr Moses Banda, Vedanta’s Country Director as the official spokesperson in Zambia”.
“Dr Banda is a prominent voice Vedanta is extremely pleased to have Dr Banda’s experince on board to focus on rebuilding KCM, protecting 12,000 jobs in KCM and looks forward to engaging with the Zambian communities”, further read the statement.
However, “Members of the public are advised to disregard this deliberate attempt to mislead the nation”, in a rebuttal to the aforementioned statement by Shachinda. “Vedanta remains uninvolved in the running of operations at KCM”.
Sensing that the Vedanta statement may cause concern amongst key stakeholders, Shachinda further stated that “they appealed to all KCM employees, labour unions representing KCM employees, KCM Creditors, Contractors and Suppliers as well as the Company’s business partners and other key stakeholders to remain calm”.
Further Cautionary Announcement from ZCCM IH as at 28th July 2021
The following is an extract of the SENS announcement published in July this year regarding the matter from ZCCM IH’s Company Secretary Chabby Chabala on behalf of the Board of ZCCM IH regarding the Arbitration matter.
Shareholders of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (“ZCCM-IH”) are referred to the announcement dated 23 May 2019 concerning the following:
ZCCM-IH filing a petition in the High Court of Zambia for the winding up of Konkola Copper Mines PLC (“KCM”) on 21 May 2019 (the “Petition”) and the appointment by the Court of Mr Milingo Lungu as provisional liquidator of KCM (the “Provisional Liquidator”);
The legal proceedings commenced by Vedanta Resources Limited and Vedanta Resources Holdings Limited (together “Vedanta”) against ZCCM-IH on 2 July 2019 in the High Court of South Africa;
Vedanta’s applications to the High Court of Zambia to stay the liquidation proceedings and refer the matter to arbitration.
The South African proceedings were pursuant to the Arbitration proceedings which were yet to be commenced and were eventually commenced by Vedanta against ZCCM-IH on 31 July 2019. The Arbitration proceedings (which are confidential as between the parties) are underway and yet to be finally resolved. Shareholders, are however, advised that on 7 July 2021 the Sole Arbitrator made a Partial Final Award (“the Award”). The Award was in some parts in favour of ZCCM-IH and in some parts in favour of Vedanta. The Award has no effect on ZCCM-IH’s application for leave to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal announced in ZCCM-IH’s further cautionary announcement of 23 June 2021. Further, the Award has no effect on the position of the Provisional Liquidator, who remains in office.
ZCCM-IH will provide details on this matter in due course.
In the meantime, Shareholders of ZCCM-IH are advised to exercise caution when dealing in securities of the Company until further information is published.
Zambia’s Mines and Mineral Development Minister has advised key stakeholders that progress on the reopening on Kasenseli Gold Mine in Northwestern Province was progressing well with one of the key issues that was being addressed being having in place a ‘sound social contract’ with the community around the mine.
Paul Kabuswe was quote in the Times of Zambia, 13th December 20221 edition, saying that “he was meeting Chief Chikwika in the third week of December 2021 as well as other key stakeholders to structure a workable mining plan for the mine”.
In October this year, the Minister suspended operations at the mine following a number of security and safety issues that had arisen since the mine’s commencement of exploration activities following their move on site in April 2020.
Furthermore, according to the same issue of the Times of Zambia, Chief Chibwika was cited as requesting for the mine to be shutdown.
This shutdown has derailed the Central Bank’s purchases of gold. According to the Zambia Business Times, “The Bank of Zambia has been purchasing dore gold from Kasenseli Mine since December 2020, through the Zambia Gold Company and refined gold from Kansanshi Mine from January, 2021. The Bank has so far purchased 20,600 ounces of refined gold valued at US $37 million” in a statement from the Public Relations Department at Bank of Zambia.
The social contract alluded to requires a concerted effort on all key stakeholders as there will be expectation management that will need to be implemented. It has been noted that the community does feel that they need to ensure that they rip the benefits of having gold deposits in their area. However, ZCCM IH has been mandated to over see the structuring of progressive agreements that will ensure that there is a pathway to structured mining deals in Zambia that have the potential of scaling up to world class entities.
The new Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe’s continued suspension of the Kasenseli gold mine operating license, and thus mining activities, from late October 2021 put the central bank’s gold reserve build-up target for 2021 in jeopardy.
Since the gold-buying program began in January this year, the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) has spent approximately US$37 million on refined gold from First Quantum’s Kansanshi mine.
Kasenseli Gold Mine’s operations in Mwinilunga, North-Western Province, were halted after a Ministerial directive from the Minister of Mines and Minerals Development to do so to address concerns about the mine’s license conditions and safety regulations.
The ministry of mines did not give timelines for sorting out what was referred to as “concerns relating to Kasenseli Mine’s license conditions and safety regulations”. This continued suspension without timelines for re-opening will drag down the gold annual production for the country.
And the central bank – BoZ has confirmed that they will resume gold purchases from Kasenseli Gold Mine once its suspension is lifted. BoZ had purchased 283 kilograms of gold at a total cost of over K345 million from Kansanshi Mine and the Zambia Gold Company by the end of the first quarter of this year.
BoZ plans to purchase around 25,200 ounces of London Good Delivery gold from Kansanshi and 21,000 ounces of dore gold with a minimum of 88 per cent purity from Zambia Gold Company in 2021.
Responding to a ZBT inquiry, BoZ Assistant Director, Communications Besnat Mwanza confirmed that the central bank’s refined gold purchases from Kansanshi, an FQM subsidiary, had so far climbed to about US$37 million or K646 million compared to K345 million by the end of the first quarter.
“The Bank of Zambia has been purchasing more gold from Kasenseli Mine since December 2020, through the Zambia Gold Company and refined gold from Kansanshi Mine from January 2021. The Bank has so far purchased 20,600 ounces of refined gold valued at the US $37 million,” Mwanza said.
And she revealed that the central bank would continue to augment its reserves through gold purchases from Kasenseli Mine once the suspension is lifted. Kasenseli Mine is operated by Zambia Gold Company Ltd, a subsidiary of ZCCM-IH, a state-owned entity.
The concerns raised by the Ministry of Mines when suspending operations chiefly related to safety and security concerns, among others, was effective October 22, 2021, and has remained in force. No timelines have been given as to the issues that should be resolved as the minister of mines only indicated that until all issues highlighted in the Ministerial directive are closed out.
BOZ told ZBT that “In April 2021, the projection was to accumulate 21,000 ounces for 2021, but forecasts are dependent on levels of production. Because of this, this projection was later revised downwards as production levels declined later in the year. Targets are, therefore, based on the gold mined and if this declines or stops, gold purchases are impacted directly,” explained Mwanza.
When asked when BOZ would start buying from Zambia Gold Company, the Central bank stated that “Kasenseli Mine is under the regulatory supervision of the Ministry of Mines and details of its resumption would be best provided by the Ministry and ZCCM-IH. The Bank [BoZ] will continue to augment its reserves through gold purchases from Kasenseli Mine once the suspension is lifted. The Bank continues to buy gold from Kansanshi Mine and a total of 25,200 ounces is projected to be bought in 2021.”
BoZ added the build-up of gold reserves to shore up the country’s ability to safeguard its currency the Kwacha. Apart from holding US dollar reserves that can be drawn upon to fund emergency imports as well as support the local currency – gold reserves can also provide an alternative reserve buffer.
Zambia has achieved a high overall score in implementing the 2019 EITI Standard (90 points). The overall score reflects an average of the three component scores on Stakeholder engagement, Transparency and Outcomes and impact.
The EITI Board commends Zambia for achieving a very high score on Outcomes and impact (93 points), and recognises the progress in ensuring the effectiveness and sustainability of EITI implementation. Zambia EITI’s work in informing changes in the government’s extractive sector policies as well as both government and company practices in extractive governance. Validation has highlighted how industry and government stakeholders have come to rely on Zambia EITI for public awareness, public debate, and policy consultations related to the mining sector.
Zambia has achieved a very high score on Stakeholder engagements (93 points), with strong engagement by government, civil society and companies. The EITI Board recognises that the MSG, the Zambia EITI council (ZEC), has established itself as a robust and flexible platform to oversee all aspects of implementation, including in resolving disputes between various constituencies and stakeholders engaged in extractive industry governance. Consultations indicate that civil society is using EITI data for public debate. Government and industry representatives also actively use their engagements with civil society to inform local communities on extractive sector governance, and the ZEITI Secretariat appears to be actively coordinating capacity building and engagements between several different government entities. While the government has contributed funding for Zambia EITI activities, sustainability of EITI implementation in Zambia will require increased government support. Gender representation on the MSG is not yet balanced, although ZEITI is implementing a plan to address this.
Finally, the EITI Board finds that Zambia has a moderate score on the Transparency component (85 points). The ZEC have leveraged the multi-stakeholder approach to use a risk-based approach to reconciliation in their latest disclosures, addressing stakeholder information needs on the impact of the pandemic on the sector and on government revenues. The EITI Board recognises Zambia’s progress on corrective actions from previous Validations that have strengthened the use of EITI as a diagnostic tool of extractive governance. Further efforts to address requirements of the EITI Standard related to contracts (for Phase II of Validation), beneficial ownership, production and export data as well as disaggregated disclosures of government extractive revenues can facilitate more complex analyses of EITI data to inform reforms in fiscal terms, oversight of state-owned enterprises and other sector reforms. These disclosures can help ensure that governments and companies are effectively monitoring extractive operations and help build public trust in public disclosures. The Board recognises Zambia’s efforts to exceed basic requirements of the EITI Standard in its participation in an ongoing EITI review of government mechanisms for monitoring production and export data related to industrial and energy minerals, as well as gemstones.
The Board has determined that Zambia will have until a next Validation commencing on 1 October 2024 to carry out corrective actions regarding contracts (Requirement 2.4), beneficial ownership (Requirement 2.5), production data (Requirement 3.2), export data (Requirement 3.3) and on disaggregation (Requirement 4.7) of revenue data.
Failure to demonstrate progress on Transparency in the next Validation may result in temporary suspension in accordance with Article 6 of the EITI Standard. In accordance with the EITI Standard, the Zambia EITI Council may request an extension of this timeframe or request that Validation commences earlier than scheduled.