KCM Joins Covid 19 Fight

ZANIS—Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has set aside K1.2 million for stocking all consumables and supplies that will be used in the fight against coronavirus at Nchanga South Clinic which the mining company has surrendered to government as a quarantine centre for suspected case of the deadly virus.

KCM acting General Manager Corporate Affairs Shapi Shachinda said the mining firm has decided to offer the facility to government during this period until the COVID 19 cases are over.

Mr. Shachinda told ZANIS that the funds released will be used to ensure that the facility has all the supplies needed.

He said the facility, which was an outpatient department for the mining firm, will be used as a quarantine centre for COVID 19 suspected cases in a bid to fight the pandemic.

He explained that additionally, KCM has also put up activities to sensitise workers on precautionary measures to combat the further spread of the coronavirus.

And Chingola District Commissioner Agnes Tonga, who toured the facility, has thanked KCM for supplementing government’s efforts in fighting COVID 19.

Ms. Tonga added that if all stakeholders could emulate KCM by partnering with government, the deadly disease can be contained.

Source: ZNBC

Agarwal Mining Group Hit by Commodity Price Slump

Anil Agarwal’s mining group has reported a drop in half-year profits due to lower commodity prices.

Vedanta Resources, which was taken private by the Indian tycoon in 2018, said that earnings before interest, depreciation, taxation and amortisation fell 19 per cent to $1.4 billion in the six months to September. Revenues fell 5 per cent to $6.1 billion, mainly because of lower prices.

Vedanta Resources has operations in India, Africa and Australia, employing 65,000 people. It listed in London in 2003 but remained controlled by Mr Agarwal, 65. In 2018 Volcan Investments, his family trust, bought back the listed third of its shares.

Vedanta said that profits in its largest business, zinc, fell by 20 per cent to $479 million in the six months to…

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KCM Extract from 2019 Annual Report

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) reported total revenue of ZMW12.25 billion (US$1,084.80 million) for the financial year ended 31 March 2019 [2018: ZMW12.2 billion (US$1,283.0 million)]. The reduction in revenue was as a result of below budget custom production as well as below budget combined concentrate tonnage available for treatment in the smelter. This had an adverse impact on sulphuric acid production which in turn impacted on copper production at the Tailings Leach Plant. KCM’s total mine production for the year was recorded at 177,035 tonnes (2018:144,664 tonnes). Loss after tax was ZMW3.72 billion (US$ 332.2 million) [(2018: ZMW1.102 billion loss (US$131.6 million)].

KCM Employs 100 Workers on Permanent Basis

By JOHN SAKALA
Konkola Copper Mines has migrated 101 people from fixed term contract workers to permanent and pensionable employment.

Those migrated are employees at the Tailings Leach Plant (TLP) and Nchanga Concentrators in Chingola, as part of reorganization currently taking place to improve operations.

KCM Provisional Liquidator Milingo Lungu said KCM conducted employment interviews with an intention to employ over 100 operators in the processing plants at Nchanga Business Unit in Chingola.

Mr Lungu said the current conversion of contract workers to permanent employees follows another recruitment conducted in October 2019, when 64 contract workers were converted to full-time employees, specifically for the Konkola deep underground mine dewatering works.

He said the new entrants on the job market will replace most of employees who have retired or left the company for other reasons in the last few months.

Since the announcement of the liquidation on May 21, 2019, the Provisional Liquidator and the KCM management have placed higher on the priority list the employment of new job entrants in order to empower Zambians with employment, whenever there are employment vacancies.

KCM has set its eyes on rejuvenating the company to ensure it continues to occupy its place as a major industry player and make a significant contribution to the growth of the mining sector and the economy of Zambia.

Source: The Independent Observer

Zambia’s KCM smelter set to restart after two-week delay – minister

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Zambia’s Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) smelter could restart next week after a delay of around a fortnight, mines minister Richard Masukwa told Reuters.

The smelter was shut down in early October for annual maintenance, two days earlier than planned due to a leak. It was initially scheduled to reopen on Nov. 15.

“This week we are testing and I hope that next week (the smelter) will be up and running,” Masukwa said on the sidelines of the London Mines and Money conference.

He did not elaborate on the reason for the delay to the restart of the smelter, which has a capacity of 311,000 tonnes.

KCM is the local unit of Mumbai-listed Vedanta, which owns about 80% of the company.

Vedanta has been locked in a dispute with the Zambian government since May when Lusaka appointed a liquidator to run KCM, which is 20% owned by Zambia’s state mining company ZCCM-IH. Zambia accused KCM of breaching the terms of its licence, an accusation the company has denied.

An arbitrator has been appointed to settle the dispute and both sides are negotiating dates for official proceedings, Vedanta executive Deshnee Naidoo told Reuters on Monday. (Additional reporting by Barbara Lewis; Editing by Pravin Char)

Negotiations with potential KCM buyers haven’t yet started – Musukwa

Mines Minister Richard Musukwa says government has not started any negotiations with any potential buyer of Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) Plc’s assets.

Musukwa explained that there had been no steps to invite effective bids of the sale of KCM’s assets as the process would be done after the pending court clearance.

The Minister said this in Parliament, Tuesday, when he responded to a written question from Nchanga PF member of parliament Chali Chilombo, who wanted to know whether government was aware that the residents of Chililabombwe and Chingola were extremely anxious over the liquidation of KCM and if so, how far government had gone with the potential buyers of KCM’s assets.

“Madam Speaker, in recognizing the guidance and sanctity of the Judiciary, who are handling the matters concerning the liquidation process of Konkola Copper Mine, government has not started any negotiations with any potential buyer of KCM assets. However, KCM has been visited by several sections of international and local entities expressing interest following the announcement of the divorce process by Konkola Copper Mine and ZCCM-IH. There has been no steps to invite effective bids of the sale of the assets. This process will be done and has been reserved awaiting clearance from the courts of law, which we respect. The House may wish to know that the liquidation process is basically the first process before resolving the issues surrounding KCM. We have taken advice to ensure that the sale is done within the confines of the law and pursuant to a court order,” Musukwa said.

He insisted that there was no sale that would take place at KCM, which would undermine the integrity of the court process.

“In that regard, no sale will be undertaken that undermines the integrity of the court process, and as government, we understand that the due process of the law has to be followed and respected and we are committed to that effect. Madam Speaker, to this effect, I wish to state that the High Court proceedings, which are currently going on, are matters that the Government of the Republic of Zambia continues to respect because we are a government of laws,” Musukwa said.

And Musukwa said the decision to offload KCM was made on account of the deteriorating social and economic situation caused by Vedanta Resources’ mismanagement.

“Government is fully aware of the anxieties of residents of Chililabombwe and Chingola over the future of KCM. The House may wish to know that residents of Chingola and Chililabombwe started raising concerns over the future of KCM way before the commencement of the liquidation process. The action Zambia Consolidated Investment ZCCM-IH took was on account of deteriorating social and economic situation caused by mismanagement of KCM by Vedanta. If left unchecked, it would have spelt catastrophe for the residents of Chililabombwe and Chingola and the entire Copperbelt,” said Musukwa.

“Government also has a duty to safeguard its citizens and the actions were taken in that context. The ultimate aim of ZCCM-IH instituting the liquidation process was to secure an investor who would develop the mine to its full potential guaranteeing the much-needed jobs and business opportunities on the Copperbelt in particular, Chingola, Chililabombwe and other peripheral areas.”

ZCCM -IH: Konkola Copper Mines Plc Further Cautionary Announcement

Shareholders of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (“ZCCM-IH” or “the Company”) are referred to the announcement dated Wednesday 23rd May 2019, in which they were advised that ZCCM-IH filed a petition in the High Court of Zambia for the winding up of Konkola Copper Mines Plc on 21st May 2019. ZCCM-IH filed the said petition pursuant to section 56 (1) (c) of the Corporate Insolvency Act No. 9 of 2017. By Order of the Court, Mr. Milingo Lungu of Lungu Simwanza & Company was appointed as provisional liquidator.

On 3 July 2019, Vedanta Resources Limited (“Vedanta”) obtained an Order of Court to commence legal proceedings against ZCCM-IH in the High Court of South Africa. By Notice of Motion dated 3 July 2019, Vedanta seeks to stay the liquidation proceedings in Zambia and to have the powers of the liquidator discharged.

ZCCM-IH will provide details of these proceedings 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.

By Order of the Board
Chabby Chabala

Company Secretary

Issued in Lusaka, Zambia on 15th July 2019

ZCCM -IH | Konkola Copper Mines Plc Further Cautionary Announcement

Shareholders of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (“ZCCM-IH” or “the Company”) are referred to the announcement dated Wednesday 23rd May 2019, in which they were advised that ZCCM-IH filed a petition in the High Court of Zambia for the winding up of Konkola Copper Mines Plc on 21st May 2019. ZCCM-IH filed the said petition pursuant to section 56 (1) (c) of the Corporate Insolvency Act No. 9 of 2017. By Order of the Court, Mr. Milingo Lungu of Lungu Simwanza & Company was appointed as provisional liquidator.

On 3 July 2019, Vedanta Resources Limited (“Vedanta”) obtained an Order of Court to commence legal proceedings against ZCCM-IH in the High Court of South Africa. By Notice of Motion dated 3 July 2019, Vedanta seeks to stay the liquidation proceedings in Zambia and to have the powers of the liquidator discharged.

ZCCM-IH will provide details of these proceedings 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.

By Order of the Board
Chabby Chabala

Company Secretary

Issued in Lusaka, Zambia on 15th July 2019

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Zambia to pass new law handing greater procurement to local companies

THE Zambian government’s interventionist approach to its mining sector was on display after the country’s mines minister, Richard Musukwa, was quoted by Reuters as having said a law would be passed to improve local procurement.

Musukwa said during a meeting with suppliers, labour unions and other officials on the proposed law that the mining sector imported goods and services worth over $4bn annually but only 10% went to local suppliers.

“This is a mismatch and must not be entertained,” Musukwa was quoted as saying. “Mining investors have been a darling of foreign contractors,” he said, without specifying how much the government wanted miners to procure locally.

Zambia’s comparative advantage is in mining, and the government needs to ensure that the mining industry drives growth in other sectors of the economy, Musukwa added.

Zambia is Africa’s second-largest copper producer, with copper mining accounting for around 70% of foreign currency earnings, said Reuters.

The country is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Vedanta Resources over ownership of Konkola Copper Mines in which ZCCM-IH, a state-owned company, has a 20.6% stake. It has gone to the courts to wind up the company which it intends to sell to another company.

Whilst Zambia has said its dispute with Vedanta is an isolated incident, it has increasingly voiced its displeasure with the mining sector.

On May 24, Zambia said it may conduct audits at all its mines in order to check for some of the breaches imputed to KCM. Two weeks later, the country’s president, Edgar Lungu, said Zambia would break ties with mining companies that failed to meet its laws.

KCM Restructuring On

KONKOLA Copper Mine (KCM) liquidator Milingo Lungu has started restructuring the mine with Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investments Holdings (ZCCM-IH) technical manager Moses Chilambe being appointed as head of the business unit in Chililabombwe.
Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Richard Musukwa said the liquidator wants the mine to have a team of competent people to take it to the next level.https://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/