KCM operations slow down

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Operations at the now liquidated Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) have slowed down resulting in many employees and contractor workers being on ‘sit-on site’ while waiting for knocking off time.

According to some employees at the Nchanga Plant in Chingola who spoke on condition of anonymity, since the Zambian Government moved to have KCM liquidated, the plant has not been receiving spares making most works to be on stand still.

The affected plants include East Mill, Concertrater, Lime Plant and Underground. Employees and contractors working in the named sites have been lobbied to take leave days if so wish so that the workmanship on site can decrease.

And a reliable source confirmed that the only plant which is fully operational is Tailings Leaching Plant (TLP) both inside the main plant and on Chililabombwe Road at the TLP Dams were the contractor Fraser Alexander Tailings operates from.

Meanwhile, contractors at Chililabombwe plant have complained of nonpayment of their salaries for the past few months.

“Many employees were happy after government announced the liquidation, but it seems it’s actually getting to worst. We have not been paid for months,” an aggrieved employee complained.

During his visit to the Copperbelt a few days ago, President Edgar Lungu stated that the liquidation of KCM was final as it is in line with the wishes of the Zambian people.

The President hinted that miners will suffer before government finds a new investor.

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