Mopani to resume operations as negotiations with government continues

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The standoff between the Zambian government and Mopani Copper Mines has been resolved for now and mine has since announced that it will resume operations.

This follows constructive and fruitful deliberations between the two parties.

Mopani public relations manager Nebert Mulenga announced in a statement Sunday, May 3, saying:

“Mopani Copper Mines Plc can confirm that constructive discussions have taken place with the Zambian government. Mopani Copper Mines Plc is to restart mining operations and issue a notice of its intention to place the mining operations on care and maintenance after 90 days.”

He added that during the 90-day period, the mining giant will continue to engage with the government on potential solutions to its current challenges.

Mulenga pointed out that as they plan to resume operations, the health and safety of the workforce and surrounding communities will be the company’s top priority.

“Mopani will engage with its employees, relevant contractors and local communities regarding the restart of operations. Mopani remains committed to supporting its community projects, hospitals and schools,” added Mulenga.

The Glencore-owned copper mines last month placed its Mufulira and Nkana operations in Kitwe on care-and-maintenance citing economic challenges, key among them the issue of VAT refunds, that the government reportedly owes the mining giant.

The move stirred protests by unions and a confrontation with the ruling Patriotic Front government threatening to revoke is license.

The two parties later engaged each other at the negotiation table and reached an agreement to resume operations for the next 90 days.

After this period a notice to proceed to place the miner on care-and-maintenance would be issued as negotiations with government continues.

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One Response to Mopani to resume operations as negotiations with government continues

  1. The truth is these guys have got what they came for in mining they have already gone according to their program, just move in take over those mines no amount of pleading with them will keep them in Zambia , or what you can do for now to keep Zambians in employment is to take the majority of shares in the mines and only allow them to have ten to fifteen percent their feet are outside Zambia .

    nshilimubemba
    May 4, 2020 at 7:33 pm
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