Lubambe Copper Mines Extract from 2019 Annual Report

Lubambe Copper Mine Limited (Lubambe) reported total revenues of ZMW1.24 billion (US$110.79 million) for the year ending 31 March 2019 (2018: ZMW517.37 million (US$54.18
million), falling below the budget of US$155 million but increasing from US$98.72 million in 2017. Operating costs were US$129 million, nearly at par with the budget of just below
US$130 million. Costs in 2017 were US$107.01 million. The year on year rise in costs was due to increased production volumes as well as mine redesign activities.
The loss for the year was ZMW 556.92million (US$49.74 million) (2018: loss ZMW 350.34 million (US$36.7 million))
In 2018 Lubambe had made substantial leaps in changing its mining and processing systems in a bid to raise production. Total copper ore mined was 1,316,109 tonnes, up from 840, 376 tonnes in 2017. Total contained copper produced was 23,689 tonnes, below the targeted 25,941 tonnes but significantly higher than the 14,891 tonnes produced in 2017.
Lubambe has continued to implement changes to the existing mine that should translate into the mine becoming profitable for the first time in 2020. In 2019, works on completing the Concept Study on the Extension Project will be accelerated so as to increase the certainty of the resource and prepare it for a Pre-Feasibility Study
There were no dividends declared during the year under review (2018: Nil)

Lubambe Mine, a partner in ‘health wealth’-Chililabombwe Deputy Mayor

Chililabombwe Deputy Mayor Gift Musukwa has commended Lubambe Copper Mines for its continuous engagement in the Keep Zambia clean campaign.

Mr Musukwa said a healthy nation is a wealthy nation where he urged the residents of Konkola to fully participate in the activity which takes place every Saturday.

He said Chililabombwe council loves working with noble minded corporate entity involved in uplifting the lives of the people such as cleaning and giving chemicals and sanitary products to the community.

The Deputy Mayor said the continued participation of the mine in the anti-cholera and anti-malaria activities in Konkola is doing a great job in helping the community stay free from preventable ailments.

He also thanked Lubambe Copper Mine corporate social responsibility (CSR) Manager Lomthunzi Mbewe for continued efforts in partnering with the local authority.

And Joseph Mwila Ward Councillor Spolian Simwanda thanked Lubambe Copper Mines for the good gesture.

Mr Simwanda also thanked the new partner Nvumambaranda for providing packs of chlorine and 30 bins to be used in the community.

Lubambe Mine stimulating Keep Chililabombwe clean campaign-Mayor

Chililabombwe Mayor Christabel Mulala says Lubambe Copper Mines (LCM) is spurring the ‘Keep Chililabombwe Clean Green and Health’ campaign.

Speaking during the cleaning exercise facilitated LCM in Konkola today, Ms Mulala said the Council wants to work with like-minded corporate entities in ensuring the surroundings are clean, green and health.

She said cleaning is the exercise in which every resident must be get involved because cleanliness is life.

The Mayor said LCM promised to make the wheelbarrows, rakes and all cleaning equipment available during the monthly cleaning exercise which happens every last Saturday of the month.

Speaking earlier LCM Chief Executive Officer Nick Bowen said the mining firm was adhering to the Presidential directive of the ‘Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Health’ campaign.

Mr Bowen said the cleaning exercise which incorporated pupils from Konkola Primary School was a good move because it will inculcate the cleanliness attitude in pupils from tender age.

Mr Bowen later donated assorted items to Konkola Primary school, among them the textbooks, paints, cleaning equipment and agents plus plants.

Konkola Head Teacher Joseph Chaila received the donation on behalf of the school.

And in a vote of thanks Esther Chulu one of the pupils applauded LCM for the donation of the textbooks saying it will be easier for pupils to pass well.

She said LCM has been a partner of the school which sponsors pupils to Grade 10 when they do well.

Source: The Independent Observer

RCT Wins Automation Retrofit Work at Lubambe Copper Mine in Zambia

Autonomous solutions provider RCT says it has entered into a project to provide autonomous technology to the Lubambe underground copper mine in Zambia.

The deal involves RCT commissioning its ControlMaster® Guidance Automation on three Epiroc ST18 and two Sandvik LH517 LHDs at the mine. These machines will be managed via five automation stations located in tele-cabins.

RCT’s Guidance lets operators remotely control the machine from a comfortable air-conditioned cabin, according to the company. The system automatically steers the machine to avoid collisions, enabling higher speeds, eliminating damage and improving productivity.

The technology will be installed in June with operator training to occur simultaneously, RCT said.

Lubambe is 80% owned by EMR Capital Resources, with 20% held by ZCCM Investments Holdings. In the nine months to March 31, 2018, the mine produced 14,891 t of contained copper.

Source: International Mining

Lubambe mine projected to increase production by over 60 percent-CEO

Lubambe mine has announced that the mining company is this year projected to increase production by over 60 percent.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nick Bowen said in Lusaka yesterday Lubambe mine last year recorded a 22 percent increase in copper production.

He said this after a meeting with Republican President Edgar Lungu at State House in Lusaka, this morning.

It produced 22,000 tonnes of copper which is the biggest increase that has happened to the mine since it was opened.

Mr Bowen said this year the mine again is projected to produce 36,000 tonnes of copper increasing production by over 60 percent.

This will help the company achieve its design capacity of 45,000 tonnes by 2020.

On the new tax regime Mr Bowen said government is looking at earning enough from the mines and that what is important is stakeholder engagement, which is already happening.

He said the mine will continue operating and will not cut down on jobs.

” We have been working closely with the government. We understand their objective is to get more income for Zambians and the increase in production is going to deliver so much more in taxes. The more we produce the more taxes the government will earn,” Mr Bowen said.

The mine has over 1,250 employees and 1,250 contractors,” the great position we are in. We need more workers, not less” he said.

He, however, assured the Head of State that the mine will not reduce its workforce as the current one has managed to increase production for the firm.

Mr Bowen said the mine has discovered 200,000 million tonne new ore body with a seven (7) million tonnes of copper at eight (8) percent, which is a high-grade rate according to global standards.

He said the mine is now processing all the neccessary papers with government to start explorations and is expected to invest US$500 million in its operations from next year.

This will create more than 1,000 jobs at construction stage, which will take five (5) years and over 2,000 new jobs will be created when the mine becomes operational.

Source: Lusaka Times

Zambia’s copper production rises to 861,946 tonnes in 2018

Zambia has recorded a marginal increase in its copper production for 2018 to around 861,946 metric tonnes from 799,329 tonnes recorded in 2017, boosted by First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM) operations in Kalumbila District.

But last year’s increased copper output still means that Zambia remains Africa’s second-biggest producer of the red metal, with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) expected to hit over 1.2 million metric tonnes.

According to the official Ministry of Mines data, Zambia’s total copper production last year marginally rose to an estimated 861,946 tonnes from 799,329 tonnes recorded in 2017.

The total copper production included all of the country’s 10 large scale mining operations as well as small-scale mining operations, which accounted for at least 10,859 metric tonnes from the total tonnage.

Data reveals that although FQM’s Kansanshi Mining Plc recorded a marginal drop of 249,532 tonnes last year from 250,803 tonnes in 2017, its output in 2018 was the highest among all 10 mining companies in the country for a third successive year.

Additionally, Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda explained that FQM’s Sentinel Copper Mine in Kalumbila District produced record output of 223,655 metric tonnes, which helped contribute to Zambia’s overall copper production increase.

“The performance of the sector was better in 2018 relative to 2017. The increase in copper production is attributed to: i. The ramp-up in production at Kalumbila; ii. Improved plant availability and utilization at the Tailings Leach Plant at KCM coupled with higher grades; iii. Commissioning of the Synclinorium Shaft at Mopani in Kitwe has increased volume of ore being hoisted,” Chanda explained in a statement released, Wednesday.

Both Kansanshi and the Sentinel’s copper output last year constitute for 473,187 tonnes out of the country’s total production or nearly 55 percent from just two operations.

And 6 other mining companies equally recorded upward copper production output last year.

These included: Mopani Copper Mines, whose output hit 62,191 metric tonnes from 44,860 tonnes in 2017; Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), whose output rose to 93,165 tonnes last year from 84,436 tonnes in 2017; Chibuluma Mines, who recorded 11,258 tonnes in 2018 from 10,194 tonnes in 2017; CNMC Luanshya, whose output increased to 50,363 tonnes last year from 43,206 tonnes in 2017 and Sino Metals, who recorded 9,312 tonnes from 7,100 tonnes, while Lubambe’s copper production hit 22,074 tonnes from 18,037 tonnes during the period under review respectively.

On the other hand, Barrick Gold’s Lumwana Copper Mine saw its output fall to 101,890 tonnes last year from 116,170 tonnes in 2017, while NFCA recorded 27,644 tonnes down from 27,706 tonnes during the period under review respectively.

But Zambia’s increased 2018 copper production still means that the country remains Africa’s second-biggest producer of the red metal, with the DRC expected to hit over 1.2 million metric tonnes.

The DRC first managed to surpass Zambia as the continent’s biggest copper producer after that country managed to produce over 900,000 metric tonnes of copper in 2013, registering a sharp rise and surpassing Zambia’s 754,916 tonnes produced that year.

Source: News Diggers

Lubambe Deserves Commendation

SINCE the 2019 budget was announced and eventually passed, there has been very little good news coming out of mines.
In the 2019 budget, Government has introduced a 1.5 percentage point increase on all mineral royalty tax bands, and an additional two royalty bands of 8.5 and 10 percent when the copper price exceeds US$7,500 and US$9,000 per tonne respectively. Further, mineral royalties will cease to be deductible from corporate income tax.
The measures have seen mining companies hitting back saying they will shed off as many as 21,000 jobs and cut or withhold US$500 million in capital spending over the next three years.
That is significant.
Yet, against this gloomy picture, Lubambe Copper Mines (LCM) in Chililabombwe projects to increase its copper production by about 60 percent this year.
Company chief executive Nick Bowen says they produced 22,000 tonnes of copper last year but expect to increase this to 36,000 tonnes this year. EMR Capital, the current investors, bought the mine at a time when it was facing financial challenges. But now, stringent measures have been instituted to help sustain operations of the firm. Mr Bowen said the changes have not been easy to implement but management has made it a policy to incorporate the workforce in its strategic plans.
Certainly, Lubambe needs commendation. It shows that the company is not here for the short term but has rather aligned itself with the aspirations of the nation. This is unlike some mining companies that have only kept one foot in Zambia to just take advantage of the economic boom, yet are ready to flee when hard times hit or they have made enough money and start thinking the country’s environment no longer suits them.
This is unacceptable.
As a nation, we have not always universally agreed with all our policy positions. But if there is one area where there is near consensus, it is the one to do with the new mining legislation. The Zambian public is largely in agreement that we have not sufficiently benefited much from the mines, particularly during the period after privatisation. Yet, the mines are supposed to be the goose that lays the golden egg for the country.
The jury is that mining companies have not been paying their fair share of taxes despite the privileges and advantages they have secured.
There is an argument by some mining companies that Zambia is a very high cost producer of copper. But it is difficult to swallow this wholeheartedly. The suspicion is that some mining companies inflate their production costs in order to avoid paying taxes.
We know for instance the findings of ECON Poyry, a Norwegian consulting company and engineering group that was commissioned by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) in 2009 to do a pilot audit of the operational costs, revenues, transfer pricing, employee expenses and overheads of one mining company on the Copperbelt.
The investigating report concluded that the reported numbers from the company were in doubt. It was found that the company had not paid income tax for a good number of years but had only paid royalty fees. But the chairman of this company reported that they had paid millions of dollars to Government in taxes. Yet, those monies included pay as you earn (which is paid by employees), import duties, property rates paid to municipalities, vehicle registration fees, value added tax, licence fees and none which directly comes under the category of company tax. But the fact that they were reporting it as company tax could only mean that they were trying to hide the fact that they pay little or no income tax at all.
It is the reason why the Zambian public is frustrated with the mining companies. The feeling is that they try so much to hold us to ransom; rushing to cutting jobs every time new mining legislation is passed meant to get more from the mines.
Yes, as a country, we are open to foreign direct investment but we also need our investors to appreciate the unique challenges that we face.
From the time the new mining legislation was announced, Lubambe is the first mining company to provide a spark.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

Lubambe Mine donates food items to children’s homes

Lubambe Copper Mines has donated assorted food items to One Way Mission Children Home and Lusungu Children home as part of celebrating the New Year.

The donation worth K15,000 is part of the mines corporate social responsibility in Chililabombwe and Chingola respectively.

Lubambe Copper Mines acting General Manager Operations Venus Kasito said the policy is to plough back into the community.

Mr Kasitu said the mine has donated to the needy as a way of enhancing their lives and a way of supporting the children.

He said the lives of the children are important hence the need to help them in any way possible.

“The company wants to reach a production capacity of 220 tones by the 4th quarter of 2019 then the company will be able to boost up its corporate social responsibility,” he said.

Loveness Sakala Director at One Way Mission was grateful for this gesture in supporting the vulnerable children.

Ms Sakala said other stakeholders should emulate and do the same to give support and enhance the children’s lives and future.

Lusungu orphanage Director Caddie Ng’ambi said the act of love by the mining firm would go a long way.

Bishop Ng’ambi said the orphanage accommodates a number of children whose educational needs are taken care of by the orphanage

He expressed gratitude towards the gesture of an act of love by Lubambe mine to the children.

Source: The Independent Observer

Lubambe mine prioritizes safety

Lubambe Copper Mine has procured the first ever self-contained mine Emergency Refuge Chambers in Zambia. The consignment of five refuge Chambers has been procured at a cost of US$ 475,000 from Mine Arc Systems of Australia.

Lubambe Mine Communications Manager Loyce Saili said the procurement of the refuge Chambers by the copper miner is a move toward enhancing Emergency Response in case of mine accidents arising from fire, explosions, flooding and release of smoke and other forms of toxic gas.

“The refuge Chambers will enable Lubambe to provide safe refuge for the miners where evacuation is not immediate in the event of an incident. The refuge Chambers will provide a safe and secure go to area for Miners to gather and wait extraction, “ she said.

Speaking yesterday during the media site visit at Lubambe Mine in Chililabombwe, she added that the refuge Chambers are with vital life support systems to create a safe, ongoing environment for occupants.

She further narrated that the system include, oxygen supplies, air conditioning system, electrical system, gas detection system and CO2 and carbon monoxide removal system as well as communication system, camera, seats of 20 in each and chemical toilet.

“Safety is our number one priority, we want our miners to be safe through ensuring preparedness for any eventuality,” Saili stated.

And General Manager Tony Davies said the chambers will be placed underground in the coming months and the workers will under go training on how to operate the equipments.

He also said the Chambers will last forever and has the capacity to accommodate above 20 people during an emergency, as what is required is the increase in oxygen supply.

Lubambe Copper Mine is a large-scale underground Mine owned by EMR capital of Australia who have 80 percent shares and ZCCM-IH who hold 20 percent.

Source: Miningnews Zambia

Lubambe Copper Mines Extract from 2018 Annual Report

Lubambe continued with restructuring through downsizing of output and the reduction of related labour cost. The largest contributors to the unit cost savings were a reduction in labour cost due to a 66.00% reduction in expatriate labour, a reduction in stoping dilution obtained through an improvement in the mining stoping method, and a 4.00% increase in plant recoveries obtained through plant optimisation initiatives.

This is the first reporting period in which Lubambe operated in accordance with the reduced production target of 80,000 tonnes of ore per month. The reduced target was implemented in March 2016 to curtail operating losses, save cash and preserve the ore body whilst implementing a strategy to upgrade the underground dewatering infrastructure.

During the period under review a labour restructuring programme was successfully concluded which aligned the total labour complement with the revised lower production rate of 80,000 tonnes per month. Ongoing capital expenditure was curtailed to preserve cash with the majority of expenditure being incurred for mine ramp development.

The Lubambe Extension Project was put on hold until an opportune time when conditions are suitable for additional investment. This high-grade area remains an integral part of the future development of the Lubambe ore body.

Lubambe Copper Mine Limited (Lubambe) reported revenues of K517.37 million (US$54.18 million) for the year ended 31st March 2018 [(2017: K824.92 million (US$ 83.65 million)]. Operating costs were above budget at K1,021.84 million US$107.01 million compared to the K973.62 million (US$101.96 million) target due to increased engineering activity as production was being increased. The loss for the year was K350.4 million (US$36.70 million). Lubambe’s financial year was changed to now run from 1st January to 31st December.

For the 9 months to 31st March 2018 Lubambe’s mined volumes were 840, 376 tons of copper ore, above the target of 808,122 tons as activity was being ramped up. Total contained copper produced over the same period was 14,891 tons, above the target of 14,566 tons.

The historical losses had been caused by the initial challenges Lubambe had faced during the project’s development phase which included flooding, dilution during the mining process due a thin ore body thereby increasing running costs. Dilution was further exacerbated by the wide inter-level vertical spacing which was upwards of 17 meters ramp spacing.

During the year under review, EMR Capital of Australia completed the purchase of the ARM and VALE stakes in Konnoco, thereby gaining an 80% ownership of Lubambe. After the acquisition, EMR Capital put in place various interventions at the mining and ore treatment processes to improve production.

Production had initially been capped at 80,000 tonnes of ore to contain costs but in EMR’s business model this level is deemed to be unsustainable. EMR have ramped up and are targeting to reach the 200,000 tonnes of ore production level by 2019.

There were no dividends declared during the year under review (2016: Nil).