REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR THE CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO CARRY OUT FEASIBILITY STUDIES

Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Consultancy services to carry out Feasibility studies – Independent review of Kitumba Copper Project in Mumbwa, Contract No.: ZCCM-IH/099/2020

 1.0     Background
ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc. (ZCCM-IH) is an investment holding company with diversified interests in mining, energy, banking, property and other sectors of the Zambian economy. The company has a primary listing under ISIN number ZM0000000037on the Lusaka Stock Exchange, and secondary listings on London Stock Exchange and Euronext Stock Exchange in Paris.

The Zambian Government (GRZ) directly holds 17.25% of the shares in ZCCM-IH and 60.28% indirectly through Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), an investment company wholly owned by the Zambian Government. With the remaining 22.47% being held by institutions and individuals. The geographical spread of the minority shareholders, who number around 4300, covers over 29 countries in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, Asia and the USA.

ZCCM-IH received a proposal from Vulcan Copper Limited (VCL) to provide funding which will eventually lead to the acquisition of considerable shares (60%) in the Kitumba Copper project located in Mumbwa District of Central Province. The purpose of these funds is to enable VCL meet its deferred debt payments as well as complete a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) that would ultimately lead to the raising of project finance (USD433.2M) for the entire development of the mine.

The total mineral resource at Kitumba was measured using the Joint Ore Resource Committee (JORC) Code and is estimated to contain 27.9Mt of copper at an average grade of 2.2% Total Copper (T. Cu). The project has a projected life of 13 years at 1.5Mtpa.

The Kitumba Copper project is located in Mumbwa District of Zambia’s Central Province approximately 210 km north west of the capital, Lusaka. The project is currently owned by Vulcan Copper Ltd.

Considering the stage of the project and the technical and financial risks which may be associated with the project, ZCCM-IH now seeks the services of a competent and experienced Consultant firm to conduct a due diligence and an independent detailed technical and operational review of the project and provide appropriate guidance with regards to the risks, opportunities inherent to the project, and the viability of the project.

ZCCM-IH now invites eligible consultant firms to indicate their interest in providing the above services. Interested firms must provide information to demonstrate that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions etc.).

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours between 08:00 – 13:00 hours and between 14:00 – 17:00 hours local time from Monday to Friday.

A consultant will be selected using Quality Based Selection (QBS) method. Interested consultants must submit one (01) original and three (03) hard copies of the Expression of Interest (EOIs) to the address below no later than Tuesday, 25th August 2020.

Procurement Manager

ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc

ZCCM-IH Office Park
Stand No. 16806, Alick Nkhata Road
Mass Media Complex Area
P.O. Box 30048
Lusaka.
Email: kabwek@zccm-ih.com.zm

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CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 AT ZCCM-IH HEAD OFFICE IN LUSAKA

ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) wishes to inform the general public that the Company has recorded a case of Covid-19 at its head office in Lusaka.

To prevent the further spread of the virus, ZCCM-IH Lusaka office will remain closed to the public, for it to undertake all necessary measures as per health guidelines to ensure the safety of employees and the public. We therefore wish to advise all stakeholders to call/contact ZCCM-IH through the general line +260 211 388000 or email address corporate@zccm-ih.com.zm, for any communication.

ZCCM-IH will continue to operate via digital platforms and will resume office presence within strict public health guidelines once cleared by health authorities as per Statutory Instrument No. 22 of 2020, The Public Health (Infected Areas) (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Regulations, 2020.

Issued by:
Loisa Mbatha-Kakoma
Public Relations Manager

Download statement here: Statement for Immidiate Release – Covid-19 Case at ZCCM-IH Lusaka Head Office

Zambia’s state investment arm be operator of mines in future, says govt

LUSAKA, July 19 (Reuters) – Zambia’s state-owned investment arm will run mines as an operator rather than a minority investor in future investments, a executive said on Sunday, as the government seeks a more active role in mining assets it holds.

ZCCM-Investment Holding (ZCCM-IH), controlled by Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is a mining investment arm of Africa’s second largest copper producer.

“What we have asked ZCCM-IH to do is too seek its own mines, do explorations and develop mining operations,” Mateyo Kaluba, chief executive of IDC, said in a statement.

ZCCM-IH should have a higher stakes in mining ventures of the future, Kaluba said.

Mining, which contributes more than 10% to Zambia’s economy, is also the nation’s largest foreign exchange earner.

ZCCM-IH has minority shares in mines including First Quantum Mines’s Kansanshi Mine and Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines with highest stake in Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) where it has 20.6% and Vedanta Resources 79.4%

“We are not averse to them getting into partnerships but those partnership must be balanced. Most of the partnerships that ZCCM-IH has right now are not balanced because the stakes are very small minorities,” Kaluba said.

Lately, ZCCM-IH has ramped up its exploration efforts and have commissioned new mines in gold and manganese.

“We are confident that we’ll see it taking stronger positions in copper mining and many other minerals in the country,” Kaluba said.

It has already done so in gold and manganese mines.

Kaluba was on a tour of a new manganese mine – Kabundi Resources – owned by ZCCM-IH in central Zambia.

Kabundi Resources, which has started its first phase of mining, aims to reach an output of 240,000 tonnes of manganese ore annually once commercial production is achieved. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Promit Mukherjee)

Source: https://af.reuters.com/article/zambiaNews/idAFL5N2EQ08H

ZCCM-IH will take up a more active role as an investor in the mining sector-IDC CEO

IDC Group CEO Mr Mateyo Kaluba has said ZCCM-IH will take up a more active role as an investor in the mining sector rather than being a holding company for the Government’s minority shares.

Mr Kaluba said ZCCM-IH should meet the aspirations of the Zambian people as far as ownership of mineral resources is concerned.

“What we have asked ZCCM-IH to do is too seek its own mines, do explorations and develop mining operations. We are not averse to them getting into partnerships but those partnership must be balanced. Most of the partnerships that ZCCM-IH has right now are not balanced because the stakes are very small minorities. But we are increasingly seeing ZCCM-IH taking a more assertive approach, doing more explorations and opening up new mines,” he said during the tour of Kabundi Resources Limited mine, ZCCM-IH’s manganese mining operation in Serenje district

“With ZCCM-IH taking important roles in the gold mining sector and in manganese mining, we are confident that we’ll see it taking stronger positions in copper mining and many other minerals in the country. What you will see is ZCCM taking an active role as an investor rather than a holding company for shares.”

Kabundi Resources has commenced phase one mining at the project whose targeted production is expected to reach 240,000 tonnes of manganese ore annually once commercial production is achieved.

Mr Kaluba also toured the Kampumbu Resettlement where families relocated from the Kabundi mining site are having their new houses constructed. The mine is also constructing a one-by-two classroom school block, a health center and houses for a teacher and medical staff.

Source: https://www.lusakatimes.com/2020/07/19/zccm-ih-will-take-up-a-more-active-role-as-an-investor-in-the-mining-sector-idc-ceo/

ZCCM-IH To Increase Stake In Mines, Reveals IDC

Industrial Development Corportation (IDC) Group CEO Mr Mateyo Kaluba has said ZCCM-IH will take up a more active role as an investor in the mining sector rather than being a holding company for the Government’s minority shares.

Mr Kaluba said ZCCM-IH should meet the aspirations of the Zambian people as far as ownership of mineral resources is concerned.

“What we have asked ZCCM-IH to do is too seek its own mines, do explorations and develop mining operations. We are not averse to them getting into partnerships but those partnership must be balanced. Most of the partnerships that ZCCM-IH has right now are not balanced because the stakes are very small minorities. But we are increasingly seeing ZCCM-IH taking a more assertive approach, doing more explorations and opening up new mines,” he said during the tour of Kabundi Resources Limited mine, ZCCM-IH’s manganese mining operation in Serenje district

“With ZCCM-IH taking important roles in the gold mining sector and in manganese mining, we are confident that we’ll see it taking stronger positions in copper mining and many other minerals in the country. What you will see is ZCCM taking an active role as an investor rather than a holding company for shares.”

Kabundi Resources has commenced phase one mining at the project whose targeted production is expected to reach 240,000 tonnes of manganese ore annually once commercial production is achieved.

Mr Kaluba also toured the Kampumbu Resettlement where families relocated from the Kabundi mining site are having their new houses constructed. The mine is also constructing a one-by-two classroom school block, a health center and houses for a teacher and medical staff.

Source: https://zambiareports.com/2020/07/19/zccm-ih-increase-stake-mines-reveals-idc/

ZCCM-IH starts manganese mining in Serenje

ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc Limited has started mining manganese in Serenje district , Central Province.

The company has so far invested about one point five million United States Dollars, which has gone towards the setting up of the site infrastructure, such as a weigh bridge and offices, and the resettlement of nine project affected households.

ZCCM-IH Chief Executive Officer Mabvuto Chipata said the Company is repositioning itself to have more control, and drive growth in developing the mining sector in the country.

Chipata was speaking when Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Group Chief Executive Officer Mateyo Kaluba toured the mine site in Serenje.

And Kaluba said he is happy with the commencement and the progress made in developing the project.

He said it good that ZCCM-IH is now living to the expectations of its shareholders by developing a wholly owned new mine.

Sources: https://www.znbc.co.zm/news/zccm-ih-starts-manganese-mining-in-serenje/, https://zambianeye.com/zccm-ih-starts-manganese-mining-in-serenje/

Maamba supplies full capacity as demand peaks

Maamba Collieries is working flat out to meet the nation’s peak season energy requirement with demand increasing in the winter with additional requirement for heating, hot water,  farm irrigation as well as industry as the nation slowly resumes life in the new normal.

The country’s only coal-fired thermal power plant, which provides 24/7 assured ‘baseload’ power independent of rain or sunshine, has been operating continuously at 100% capacity for the last two months, achieving an average of 91% availability since the start of the year.

“Despite implementing stringent measures to comply with health regulations to meet COVID-19 stipulations, it’s all systems go as our teams work around the clock to meet peak cold season demand,” said CEO Rear Admiral Venkat Shankar.

“We are committed to maintaining full capacity and providing a reliable energy source for industry, agriculture and households that is independent of the vagaries of climate conditions and operates day and night.”

He said the high availability of the thermal power plant in Sinazongwe contributes to reducing the power deficit being experienced across the country, with resulting support for the economy. 

Zambia relies heavily on hydropower but has been facing increased power shortages, caused by drought. In March 2020, Zambia’s electricity deficit had reached 810 MW.

The country’s environmentally friendly thermal power plant is critical to complement hydropower generation and ensure continued security of power supply.

Source: https://www.miningreview.com/energy/maamba-supplies-full-capacity-as-energy-demand-peaks/

KCM Saying Caving in of ground at the Nchanga Open Pit happening as predicted

Konkola Copper Mines has announced that the Caving in of ground following slope instability within a section of the Nchanga Open Pit Cut 2 in Chingola started to occur as predicted, and there is no threat to the safety of employees or people in nearby communities.

The Geo-technical team monitoring the sloughing following a series of multiple tension cracks at the Open pit noticed visible ground failure during the night of 7 July 2020.

The team continues to monitor ground movement and KCM will provide further details on the occurrence at a later stage.

“The amount of ground that has caved in will be known only after the area becomes safe for the technical team to conduct physical inspections,” KCM Chief Executive Officer Christopher Sheppard commented on the matter.

Mr Sheppard said the monitoring will continue using the modern technology installed a few years back to determine the movement of ground at the Open pit, which has helped KCM to predict the sloughing and appropriately advise stakeholders in communities and the nation at large on the matter.

The CEO said that Konkola Copper Mines top priority remains the safety of employees and people in communities around the mining area.

Mr Sheppard has assured stakeholders that they should not have any safety concerns about the sloughing and continue with their businesses or activities, but avoid attempting to enter in the hazard exclusion zone.

“People in nearby communities are advised that there will be no sound of ground fall during the period when the ground continues to fail as it is a gradual process with the ground sliding towards the Open pit”, he said.

Mr Sheppard said historically, global open pit mines have had similar incidents without warning, but the current occurrence at KCM was predicted because of the company’s investment in modern technology on ground movements.

“The rerouting of power lines to the Kafue Pump Station in Chingola is due to be completed on Wednesday, 8th July 2020 while there-routed water pipeline from the Kafue Pump Station to the Nchanga mining complex and eventually to Mulonga Water and Sanitation Company would be completed and become operational on Thursday, 9th July 2020”, he added.

Mr Sheppard thanked stakeholders, especially members of the community for adhering to safety protocols announced to them during engagements conducted before the sloughing started to occur.

Source: https://www.lusakatimes.com/2020/07/10/kcm-saying-caving-in-of-ground-at-the-nchanga-open-pit-happening-as-predicted/

Butondo Primary School

Building blocks for the community: Mopani is helping Mufulira school build its future

Education is a vital “building block” to prosperity in any society. In Mufulira, Mopani Copper Mines Plc’s recent construction of a new classroom block at Butondo Primary School has come to symbolise much more.

It was the parents of children attending Butondo Primary School who first highlighted the need for more classrooms through regular requests to school staff for smaller class sizes. With between 40 and 50 pupils per class —  and sometimes even more than 50 — teachers at Butondo Primary School have been spread very thin for a few years.

“We have challenges with [a shortage of] seating, and the number of teachers to pupils,” says Rosemary Mwape, Deputy Head Teacher at Butondo Primary School. “When you have a reasonable number of pupils, you can attend to each and every child. But, if there are many pupils in one class, some will be left out, and some will not be adequately attended to or helped while they are writing their exercises. It’s not easy, and management is concerned.”

But staff have always been extremely reluctant to turn learners away. Butondo is the only accessible school for primary school learners in the immediate area. If they can’t attend Butondo, they almost certainly won’t attend school at all. 

Asking hard-up parents to chip in for the construction of new classrooms unfortunately just wasn’t possible. Although — as with all government schools — there are no tuition fees to pay at Butondo Primary School, parents do have to cover the cost of their children’s textbooks. Occasionally, the government sends a batch of books, but deliveries are sporadic. And so it was that parents and staff jointly decided to approach Mopani to ask for financial assistance to build new classrooms.

Mopani offered to build four, and the town’s largest employer soon began constructing a “one by four block”: one standalone building — rectangular-shaped — to be divided into four classrooms. 

Getting the ball rolling 

Sometimes getting the ball rolling is all that’s needed to open up a world of possibility, and one simple idea can often be a catalyst for greater things. The school’s staff began putting some serious thought into the value that this additional space could add to the school, and pondering the capacity that could be built. 

Apart from classrooms, storage space for Science equipment was an area that was lacking, staff agreed. Soon, they identified several potential areas for growth and development. “We have to move the Mobile Lab to wherever the pupils have class, and then bring it back again,” says Mwape. “And even the computers: after using them, we take them back to the strong room where there is adequate security. So, we need a room where we could keep and secure them properly so that each and every child can use them.”

But perhaps the most pressing issue on many teachers’ minds was the four students with learning or physical disabilities who, at that point, had been enrolled in the school simply because it was the only chance that they had of receiving an education. 

“In this school, we have four or five pupils who have learning difficulties or special education needs. It’s a big challenge. In the past, parents did not send these children to school. But we have a teacher who is trained in that field, so he’s now enrolling those learners. In future, if we have the space — if we have a classroom — we can use that to teach sign language, and everything they need,” explains Ms. Mwape. 

With only one teacher among its team of staff who is qualified to teach these students —  one who is hearing-impaired, two of whom are mute, and one of whom has a cognitive learning disability, and with all four in different grades — having a lone teacher with his own regular classes to teach will be very trying. But with proper planning and a bit more space, Butondo could fill an important gap in giving students with special needs a proper education, some of the teachers believe.

“We don’t want these learners to be left out. They are just at home in the compounds not learning anything. Their parents are keeping them at home. That’s why we are enrolling them: so that they can also learn something,” she says.

The teaching staff is considering lobbying for another teacher, and has already informed the District Education Board of their need. There are special units within schools that cater for learners with special needs in the area. But Mwape and her colleagues recognise the need for this facility in Mufulira, too. “We also need to open a unit here. Those others are too far away. Our communities need this.”

Blue skies ahead

“We don’t want these learners to be left out. That’s why we are enrolling them: so that they can also learn something.”

Outside, four construction workers from a company contracted by Mopani Copper Mines Plc were diverting a water source to a small cement mixer. The block had taken shape, its four future classrooms divided by grey walls of cement, still open to the sky. 

The wet season was still a few months away, but for now the skies were blue. By the time the rains came, these would be fully insulated rooms where 40 or 50 students would be hunched over desks as the pitter-patter of water came down on its tin roof, for most only slightly drowning out the sound of their teacher’s voice.

For Mufulira’s community, seeing an idea like theirs germinate and then come to fruition inspires optimism and proactivity in ways that should not be underestimated. Today’s pupils may be in high school before they study in a dedicated computer lab and, for now, the Science Lab remains mobile. But a little bit of help goes a long way in keeping dreams for the future alive.

Source: https://miningforzambia.com/building-blocks-for-the-community/

ANTHONY MUKUTUMA APPOINTED GENERAL MANAGER OF FQM’S KANSANSHI MINE

SOLWEZI, ZAMBIA – Anthony Mukutuma has been appointed general manager of First Quantum Minerals’ multi-million-dollar Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi District of North Western Province.

He is the first Zambian to hold such a post at Kansanshi, which is the largest copper mine in Africa by production.

Mr Mukutuma has 20 years of experience in operations and management of mineral processing and hydrometallurgical plants, covering business development, research and development, design and design optimisation, commissioning, process optimisation (including de-bottlenecking), operations management, business performance improvement and talent development.

Before his appointment, Mr Mukutuma ran First Quantum Minerals’ Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine in Mauritania, and most recently was general manager for the restart of operations at its Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation in Australia.

Mr Mukutuma’s previous designations include, the position of metallurgist in mineral processing at the Konkola Division of the then Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM). He has also worked in hydrometallurgy at Anglo American’s research laboratories in South Africa, from senior metallurgist to plant manager, then technical manager at First Quantum Minerals’ Bwana Mkubwa mine processing plant in Ndola. He also worked as plant manager at the early stages of the Kevitsa Mine project in Finland.

He holds a BEng. in chemical engineering with minerals engineering from the University of Birmingham, and an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Liverpool.

“FQM is proud to announce the appointment of Mr Mukutuma as the new general manager for our Kansanshi Mine. It is a significant milestone for the company and reinforces our commitment to providing equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender, race or creed,” said FQM country manager General Kingsley Chinkuli.

“Management wishes him all the best in his new role as GM. We are confident he will be equal to the task and we are eager to tap into the vast knowledge he has acquired in the last 20 years in the industry.”

General Chinkuli stressed it was one of numerous appointments that have seen senior Zambian staff taking on top management positions, not just at Kansanshi and its sister Sentinel Mine in Kalumbila, but also other mines under the FQM Group worlwide.

And he added that the company would continue to create an enabling environment where employees had an opportunity to progressively rise through the ranks.

Kansanshi has around 3,276 direct staff and almost 5,000 contractors, primarily Zambians, and uses state-of-the-art technology to extract copper from three different ore types, with world-class efficiency.

Sources: https://langmead.com/media/?p=192