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Kagem ups workforce by 10%

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KagemThe world’s single largest producing emerald mine, Kagem Mining Ltd in Lufwanyama District, celebrated Labour Day this year by upping its workforce by 10 percent in a bid to ensure continued efficiency in operations with the growth of the mine.

“Kagem remains committed to nurturing skills development in the gemstone sector. Mining is a labour-intensive endeavour and the growth of our operations here has allowed Kagem to actively participate in creating jobs in this area,” said Kagem Chief Executive Officer Ian Harebottle

Kagem employs almost 700 permanent and pensionable staff and the additional 68-70 new staff join the ranks across a broad spectrum of the mine’s operations ranging from unskilled staff to technical specialists at both the operational and administrative levels.

All the new employees are drawn from Lufwanyama and the surround areas and are being hired following a recruitment exercise in recent weeks.

In its 25 years of operation Kagem has developed employee-centred initiatives as part of a long-term strategy aimed at staff development and retention in the mine. In line with this Kagem recently launched pension scheme with Saturnia Regna, under the management of African Life Assurance, in addition to its current NAPSA plan giving its employees an added sense of security with regards to their future needs being met.

The company’s pioneering emerald incentive scheme under which employees are paid bonuses over and above their regular remuneration arrangements in each month that pre-determined emerald production thresholds are reached launched in 2008 is another such initiative.

On the safety front, the mine and its employees continue to work together to retain a ‘Safety First’ culture that has resulted in more than 3.5 million lost-time-injury-free shifts by early in 2015.

And in efforts to create a ‘workforce of the future’, Kagem has committed to US$345,000 of full scholarships for students to study geology and mining at the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University. Students under the scheme will be accorded internship opportunities at Kagem Mining during their recess as well as an apprenticeship upon completion and further training in areas deemed necessary by the company. They will be indentured to work for Kagem for a period corresponding with the sponsorship period.

“As an employer, Kagem is very committed to empowering communities in areas of operation. In line with this commitment, the mine makes a deliberate effort to recruit and train local skill with every opportunity presented,” said Mr Harebottle, commenting on the company’s commitment positively contributing to the economic and social development in Lufwanyama and the country as a whole.

Beyond its staff, Kagem continues to reach out to the general population of Lufwanyama through various community development initiatives such as the Nkana Community Hospital and Chapula Secondary School currently under construction. Kagem’s other CSR projects include provision of a ZESCO powerline, new buildings at Chapula Basic School, teachers’ accommodation at Kapila Community School, improvements to Chief Nkana and Chief Lumpuma’s Palaces, the Nkana clinic, and the ‘Blessings’ and ‘Green Farm’ agricultural projects. The company has also contributed towards road grading and maintenance.


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