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Mining in Zambia

First Quantum commends stability of Zambian mining policies

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Global mining company First Quantum Minerals has complimented the Zambian government for the recent stability of the nation’s mining tax and royalty regime, which – if it continues – may increase investor confidence. Moreover, First Quantum head of government affairs John Gladston commends... 

Greater emphasis on safety at Konkola

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources is strengthening its focus on safe production at its subsidiary Zambia-based integrated copper producer Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) through the implementation of its Safety Stand Down campaign. Vedanta’s campaign was launched by KCM CEO Deshnee Naidoo in July to... 

Greater emphasis on safety at Konkola
PRODUCTION BOOM Konkola Copper Mines is reporting a copper production average of 350 t/d

Lab extension to improve product quality

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House anticipates that its planned laboratory expansion will allow the company to produce higher quality reagents that will boost the profitability of its Zambia-based copper mining clientele’s operations. Axis House sales... 

Lab extension to improve product quality
ENHANCING COPPER GRADES As copper grades at mines begin to diminish, the use of reagents to improve copper grades is critical to mine profitability

Mine looks to increase local labour force

14th September 2018 Canada-based mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) aims to achieve a target of sourcing 25% of its employees from the surrounding area of the North-Western province of Zambia for the Sentinel mine in Kalumbila. The miner states that its local employment figures have continued to... 

Mine looks to increase local labour force
UPSKILLING COMMUNITIES Zambians are now being positioned on a global stage when it comes to latest innovations in low-grade copper mining

Nanoparticle tech allows gemstone origin confirmation

14th September 2018 Gemstone mining company Gemfields has again partnered with Swiss gemologist Gübelin Gem Lab to embed nanoparticles proving origin into all Kagem emerald mine emeralds that were sold at auction in Lusaka, in Zambia in May. Gemfields is the operator and 75% owner of the Kagem mine and also holds... 

Nanoparticle tech allows gemstone origin confirmation
NANOPARTICLES TECH Nanoparticles technology developed by gemologist Gübelin Gem Lab can be used to prove the origin of coloured gems without affecting their quality

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Mining contracting and engineering services company Redpath Mining Africa has completed what it has dubbed the “milestone” Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project for Zambia-based copper mine, Mopani Copper Mines. Redpath Mining Africa’s Zambian branch, Redpath Zambia, was initially awarded the... 

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised
REDBORE 100 The Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project marked the entry of Redpath Mining’s Redbore 100 raise drill into Africa for the first time

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Zambia’s operational   investment spikes
INCREASED DEMAND Tenova TAKRAF Africa has noted an increase in Zambian mining houses expenditure on operational investments

New exploration licences validated

14th September 2018 Canada-based diversified miner Maxtech Ventures last month announced that its Zambian mining operation, Maxtech Mining Zambia’s two large-scale exploration licences have been validated by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development of Zambia. The first large-scale exploration licence is for an... 

New exploration  licences validated
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HIGH-GRADE MANGANESE Maxtech Ventures’ two specific licence areas have shown the potential for high-grade manganese mineralisation of up to 70% manganese

800 000 t copper output by year-end conservative estimate

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Copper production in Zambia will reach just more than 800 000 t by the end of this year as the country is taking steps to regain its position as Africa’s leading copper producer, according to Zambia Chamber of Mines (CoM) initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ). “This is a conservative estimate,... 

800 000 t copper output by year-end conservative estimate
DRAWING DOLLARS $12.4-billion was invested in new mining ventures in Zambia from 2000 to 2014 by just six mining companies

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Nonprofit organisation, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aiming to invite more German companies to Zambia to display digital solutions for mining and Industry 4.0, following the success of its German-Zambian Business Forum. SA-German Chamber Lusaka office head... 

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines
BUSINESS FIRST The first German-Zambian Business Forum was held in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this year to strengthen economic ties between Germany and Zambia

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Zambia Chamber of Mines, and its initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ), is enthusiastic about the reopening of mining operations in Zambia, which it says will not only result in increased copper production but also translate into stabilised employment levels in the country and improved tax revenues... 

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues
CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT The mining sector contributes to Zambia’s socioeconomic development through the creation of jobs and new business opportunities

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry

15th September 2017 By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality mill-balls for mines in Zambia, neighbouring countries and the world market, says Zambia Chamber of... 

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry
TANGIBLE EXCITEMENT There’s a tangible feeling of excitement in the air at Kalumbila with the coming of the ME Elecmetal plant

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) states that air compressors used in the mining industry – including in Zambia – are, for the most part, well-proven, reliable pieces of equipment that can operate for years with relatively little maintenance. 

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines
EFFECTIVE SUPPLY The use of a spin filter is a truly effective means of feeding clean air at ambient temperatures

Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Hydrogen detection  solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines
HIGHLY VERSATILE The H2Scan Hy-Alerta 500 instrument is a “highly versatile” hand-held detection device

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering introduced the company’s newest primary cleaner offering, the CleanScrape, to Zambia, following its launch at Electra Mining, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, last year. The primary cleaner has been supplied... 

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi
CLEANSCRAPE The primary cleaner has been supplied to mining company First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi mine

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Randburg-based industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps’ Verderflex (VF) 125 peristaltic pump is in operation at mining company Kansanshi Mining’s Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine and is undergoing testing at two other Zambian mines, as well as mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.... 

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines
VERDERFLEX 125 The peristaltic pump is in operation at the Kansanshi copper mine

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to be held next year

15th September 2017 Educational institution Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) will host the second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in Livingstone, Zambia, in July next year. 

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to  be held next year
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INDUSTRY REVIVAL The African Copperbelt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years

Solutions provider helping Zambia tackle mining challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining and mineral processing sectors present some of the most challenging production environments, as the large-scale operations are often located in harsh, remote areas, explains technical solutions provider BMG.  

Solutions provider  helping Zambia tackle mining challenges
LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY To ensure the long-term sustainability of a mine, it is essential to always keep operating costs down

Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs

15th September 2017 More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck. 

Specialist helps Zambian mines save  on maintenance costs
NEIL ROBINSON Customers are able to see for themselves the savings on the bottom line that are attributable to condition monitoring

Zambian interest in heavy-duty equipment range

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The trommel screens and apron feeders from engineering solutions developer Ireland-based MDS International (MDS) are of particular interest on the Zambian Copperbelt, states bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT. Designed by MDS for mineral processing and recycling applications, BLT... 

Zambian interest  in heavy-duty equipment range
HIGHLY ACCURATE The MF0814T tracked material feeder has a holding capacity of up to 100 t and is designed for high discharge control accuracy

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining sector remains crucial to the economic growth of many African countries, including copper-dependent Zambia, and, as such, it is important that foreign mining companies operating in these countries can improve the performance of their mining assets to ensure their continued economic... 

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth
STEPHEN DU PREEZ Mines will be transitioning from manual to autonomous operations, with a higher reliance on digitalisation

Nitrogen generator offers Zambian mines extended tyre life

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 There are several opencast mines on the Copperbelt in Zambia using large haul trucks to transport ore from the pit for crushing and processing, and extending the life of tyres plays a significant role in cutting costs and improving production, says on-site nitrogen gas generator supplier NitraLife. 

Nitrogen generator offers Zambian mines extended tyre life
NITROGEN GENERATOR Minimal maintenance is needed to keep the NitraLife generator operating effectively

Zambia facing challenges, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     9th September 2016 Copper-rich Zambia’s mining industry challenges, such as a lack of transparency regarding its tax regime, have had significant negative macroeconomic impacts on the country's economy. However, with the implementation of the new tax regime, it is hoped that this challenge and others can be... 

Zambia facing challenges, but there is hope
VICTOR SITABULE The cost of power in Zambia forms a large part of a mine’s production costs

Sentinel at forefront of global mining technology

9th September 2016 Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) $2.1-billion Sentinel mine, in Zambia’s North-Western province, is described by the Zambian Chamber of Mines (CoM) as the country’s mining industry’s “most ambitious venture ever” and the single-largest upfront infrastructure... 

Sentinel at  forefront of global mining technology
SERIOUS COMPETITOR The Sentinel mine uses some of mining's most advanced technology

Chibuluma boasts enviable grade, but could close by 2022

9th September 2016 Base metals mining company Metorex’s Chibuluma mine accounts for less than 2% of Zambia’s annual copper production, yet it is one of the country’s most successful mines in terms of safety, productivity and profitability, says the company. Chibuluma is a highly mechanised underground mine and... 

Chibuluma boasts enviable grade, but could close by 2022
PRODUCTION SLUMP At the height of the copper boom in 2013, Chibuluma produced 18 000 t/y of copper, with its output currently down to 10 000 t/y

Equipment supplier positioning itself for turnaround in Zambia

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 Mining solutions manufacturer Joy Global is positioning its business, through a partnership with Chingola-based company Lusanga Technical Services, to support and drive mining production in Zambia when the commodities price downturn comes to an end. 

Equipment supplier  positioning itself for  turnaround in Zambia
OFF THE GRID Joy Global is producing the 2650XPC diesel-driven mining shovel, which maintains the production advantages demonstrated by electric rope shovels

Event attracts high-level delegates

9th September 2016 This year’s Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-Tec) was a great success, attracting over 2 090 attendees, 74% of which make or influence purchasing decisions at their companies, reports event organiser Specialised Exhibition Montgomery and Spintelligent. The event, which was held in... 

New CEO for Hong Kong company with interest in Zambia

9th September 2016 Hong Kong-headquartered metal and mining company Jinchuan Group International Resources has appointed Chen Dexin CEO of the company. Dexin is the former acting CEO of Johannesburg-based mining company Metorex, which owns the Chibuluma copper mine in Zambia. In a statement in August, Jinchuan... 

Energy security key for prosperous copper mines

By: Aarifah Nosarka     9th September 2016 The recent prolonged drought in Zambia, home to an energy-intensive copper mining industry, brings the need for additional and diversified electricity production to the fore, as the country has traditionally relied on the hydropower it produced to generate the bulk of its electricity, mining... 

Fertiliser trading agreement secured

9th September 2016 Aim-listed exploration company African Potash has signed a 12-month fertiliser supply agreement, subject to quarterly reviews, with Zambian fertilizer supplier and distributor Rockwell Fertilisers. African Potash executive chairperson Chris Cleverly says the company is “delighted” to have further... 

Fertiliser trading agreement secured
CHRIS CLEVERLY African Potash has strengthened its trading presence in Zambia and the Southern African region through the trade agreement with Rockwell

Optimism surrounds mining town independence

9th September 2016 The town of Kalumbila, where Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Sentinel mine is based, is perhaps the first mining town designed to not depend on the mine that it currently hosts, says the Zambian Chamber of Mines. About $200-million was invested in the development of... 

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