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Mining in Zambia

Zambia’s amethysts, emeralds still tops, but mining could be better

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 The state of Zambia’s amethyst and emerald mining sectors has improved after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in poor demand. However, the sectors continue to battle systemic undercapitalisation, while the chamber continues to advocate for amendments to the tax regime to encourage... 

Copper miner ranked sixth-largest producer globally

20th May 2022 TSE-listed global metals and mining company First Quantum Mineral (FQM), which operates the Kansanshi mine and smelter, in Solwezi, and the Sentinel mine, in Kalumbila, in Zambia’s North-Western province, has been ranked the sixth-largest copper producer in the world. Mining commodities data... 

An image of the Sentinel mine
Photo by First Quantum Minerals
CURTAILED COPPER CROP Sentinel’s copper production of 52 475 t for the first quarter of this year was 7 722 t lower than the fourth quarter of 2021, while Kansanshi’s copper production of 41 899 t was about 10 000 t lower

Cobalt development an exciting prospect

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 While copper is still the main commodity driving reagent demand in Zambia, mining reagent manufacturer and supplier Axis House MD Justine Stubbs is also excited by the prospects presented by the country’s largely unexplored and unexploited cobalt reserves. Along with copper, of which Zambia is... 

An image of Axis House's laboratory with a chemical reaction occurring in the foreground
MARKET DEMANDS There has been a big drive to reduce the hazardous nature of reagents

OEM supporting sustainable Zambian mining

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 As Zambian mines move to adopt more sustainable mining practices, the reduction of energy use, water consumption and carbon emissions – as per global mining trends – is a significant priority, says original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa Rest of Africa sales director Pieter van... 

An image of three employees in the Kitwe warehouse
KITWE WAREHOUSE Weir Minerals Africa keeps extensive stock of fast-moving wet-end components at its Zambian warehouse to support the Weir product footprint across the country

Significant infrastructure agreement signed

20th May 2022 Project management firm GED Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Infrastructure, and DRC building firm Agence Congolaise des Grands Travaux finalised the 25-year concession agreement (CA) outlining the infrastructure development requirements of the DRC segment of the GED... 

An image of GED Africa Tamás Jászberényi and DRC Infrastructure Minister Gizaro Muvuni Alexis shaking hands during the signing ceremony
ROUTE TO DEVELOPMENT The signing of the concession agreement between GED Africa and DRC Ministry of Infrastructure is a step towards creating trading links to Zambia and the international Port of Dar es Salaam to support sectoral development in mining and agriculture

OLI South Africa

20th May 2022 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product range, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa... 

OLI image

Partnership to shape future of coloured gemstone sector

20th May 2022 Technology gateway GemCloud, which has the potential to play a central role in shaping the future of the coloured gemstone sector, has gained a new, non-controlling anchor investor through coloured gemstone miner Gemfields’ establishment of Gemdustry. “Gemfields is delighted to support GemCloud,... 

An image of a woman using the GemCloud platform
INDUSTRY SOLUTION GemCloud offers potential for gemstone vendors to organise, digitise and monetise their gemstone inventories

Refinery project makes headway in Zambia

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 The ramp-up of the copper oxide and copper sulphide circuit at the Project Roan copper concentrator near Kitwe, in Zambia, was scheduled to start this month, according to diversified metal recovery business Jubilee Metals’ interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2021. Project Roan –... 

An image of the Roan processing facility construction site
READYING ROAN The Roan concentrator will have the ability to produce an additional 10 000 t/y of copper

Sarens Siba introduces decentralized depot structure

4th May 2022 Sarens is the global leader and industry reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting and engineered transport. With state-of-the-art equipment and value engineering, Sarens offers its clients creative and intelligent solutions to any heavy lifting and engineered transport challenges. 

Sarens Siba introduces decentralized depot structure

Coal-fired plant achieves five years of supply

10th September 2021 Zambia’s largest coal-fired thermal power plant, owned by coal mining company Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL) and located in the Sinazongwe district, in the Southern province, last month celebrated five years since its commissioning and start of supply to the national grid.  

Predicted growth to bolster services demand

By: Claire O'Reilly     10th September 2021 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, expects growth opportunities that will run parallel to the predicted growth of the Zambian mining sector. 

Orica

10th September 2021 Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling.... 

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Copper miner celebrates silver jubilee

10th September 2021 Around 25 years ago, the company that would grow to become one of Zambia’s largest copper miners – First Quantum Minerals (FQM) – was born, as it was during the privatisation era of the 1990s that the FQM CEO and chairperson Philip Pascall and local businessman Lamaswala Kwalela decided to... 

Solutions aid decentralisation

10th September 2021 International Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company, Instacom, has increased its international footprint to Zambia, introducing reliable solutions for the mining industry. 

Election result ignites opportunity to participate in supercycle

By: Claire O'Reilly     10th September 2021 With copper in the midst of a supercycle, and the recent ousting of Zambian President Edgar Lungu and the election of President elect Hakainde Hichilema, the potential for rapid reform to increase production and “seize what remains of the super cycle, should not be overlooked”, says law firm... 

Company announces emerald auction results

14th May 2021 Emerald miner Gemfields, which operates the Kagem emerald mine in Lufwanyama, Zambia, last month announced the results of an emerald auction comprising a series of five sequential mini auctions that were held between March 15 and April 17. The proceeds of this auction will be fully repatriated to... 

MAINTAINING CRITICAL OPERATIONS
Operations at Kagem mine, suspended for a year until March 2021, were expected to ramp back up to full scale by the end of April
Photo by Bloomberg
MAINTAINING CRITICAL OPERATIONS Operations at Kagem mine, suspended for a year until March 2021, were expected to ramp back up to full scale by the end of April

Emulsion delivery system a ‘game changer’

14th May 2021 In an expansion project at its Chambishi mine in Zambia, metal company Non-Ferrous China Africa (NFCA) opted to install explosives company AECI Mining Explosives’ emulsion vertical delivery system (EVDS) to further its aim of developing a cost-effective mining operation. Both the emulsion and... 

TAILOR-MADE DELIVERY SYSTEM
This integrated EVDS delivers the base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility underground.
TAILOR-MADE DELIVERY SYSTEM This integrated EVDS delivers the base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility underground.

Miner provides update on copper operations

14th May 2021 Metals processing company Jubilee Metals last month provided a progress update for its copper operations in Zambia, specifically reporting that the first copper concentrate sent for refining at Jubilee’s Sable Refinery from Project Roan, was delivered on schedule. Last year, Jubilee entered into... 

BOOSTING COPPER PRODUCTION
The strong copper price is seeing it at a near ten-year high, with analysts predicting further growth over the next 12 months to 24 months
Photo by Reuters
BOOSTING COPPER PRODUCTION The strong copper price is seeing it at a near ten-year high, with analysts predicting further growth over the next 12 months to 24 months

Refurb programme sustains business during Covid

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 Machine supplier Bell Equipment’s ReMan repower programme, through which refurbishments of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are conducted by Bell Equipment, has helped the company to mitigate some of the economic impact of Covid-19 in Zambia. Bell Equipment Zambia MD Mike Quin says the impact of... 

SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY
There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry
SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry

Resolving tax, policy uncertainty could boost majors

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 If the Zambian government and the mining companies invested in the country can reach consensus on how mines should operate, how they should be taxed, and if they can apply this consistently, then mining majors, and the industry in general, will benefit significantly going forward, states mining... 

UNLOCKING INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT 
Zambia’s wealth of high-demand minerals provides opportunities for explorers, producers and service providers to share in the revenue-generating opportunity
UNLOCKING INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT Zambia’s wealth of high-demand minerals provides opportunities for explorers, producers and service providers to share in the revenue-generating opportunity

Sulphide collectors prospering in Zambian market

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 Axis House has had the opportunity to enhance and develop its range of copper flotation sulphide collectors in the Zambian mining industry, states Axis House sales manager Gareth Heynes. The company’s TLQ2 sulphide collector – a specialised liquid collector used for copper flotation – is being... 

INNOVATIVE TESTING
Further, Axis House has newly formulated sulphide collectors that are being tested at various clients in Zambia.
INNOVATIVE TESTING Further, Axis House has newly formulated sulphide collectors that are being tested at various clients in Zambia.

Company introduces robust luminaire

14th May 2021 Industrial lighting solutions provider BEKA Schréder has introduced “one of the most versatile and reliable” industrial light-emitting diode (LED) bulkhead luminaires: the OPTIWAY. The luminaire can be mounted on any structure, is “highly robust” and offers a high photometric performance. The... 

DIVERSE APPLICATIONS
The OPTIWAY is suitable for use in various industrial environments, including underground haulage, outdoor mining areas, and others
DIVERSE APPLICATIONS The OPTIWAY is suitable for use in various industrial environments, including underground haulage, outdoor mining areas, and others

Zambian mine contributes to record production

14th May 2021 Diversified miner First Quantum Minerals achieved its highest ever yearly copper production last year, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the company’s Sentinel copper mine in Zambia was a significant contributor to the record production. This is according to the company’s fourth... 

PHILIP PASCALL
2020 was a challenging and unprecedented year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this, the company received its highest ever annual copper production
Photo by Bloomberg
PHILIP PASCALL 2020 was a challenging and unprecedented year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this, the company received its highest ever annual copper production

Pandemic puts strain on Zambian mining sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 Amid the challenges facing the Zambian mining industry, partially because of Covid-19, government has committed to waiving penalties and interest on the late payment of taxes, explains advisory firm KPMG Zambia tax partner Michael Phiri. The Central Bank has also set aside about R9-million, which... 

MICHAEL PHIRI Should the Covid-19 pandemic continue into 2021/22, a different marketing strategy using information technology solutions would need to be adopted
MICHAEL PHIRI Should the Covid-19 pandemic continue into 2021/22, a different marketing strategy using information technology solutions would need to be adopted

Zambia should capitalise on future copper prices, says chamber

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 As copper is a major component in electric vehicles (EVs), the expected boom in the EVs market should significantly increase copper demand, with EV copper consumption expected to increase by 1.7-million tonnes by 2027, according to a report commissioned by the International Copper Association.... 

TALENT NG’ANDWE
Opportunities for establishing local mining supply chains are very limited because of the limited number of industry players
TALENT NG’ANDWE Opportunities for establishing local mining supply chains are very limited because of the limited number of industry players

Complex legislation may hinder investment

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 Despite the Zambian government’s programme to diversify the economy – into such sectors as tourism and agriculture – the mining and natural resources sector, particularly the copper mines, remain the most substantial potential contributor to growth and development in Zambia, says law firm Beech... 

INVESTOR CONVIDENCE The primary concerns for investors in Zambia are the complexities surrounding mining law, constrained infrastructure, as well as unreliable electricity supply
INVESTOR CONVIDENCE The primary concerns for investors in Zambia are the complexities surrounding mining law, constrained infrastructure, as well as unreliable electricity supply

Analyser integral to explorers

11th September 2020 The handheld portable X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) analyser has become a common tool for field geoscientists, and is being used in a range of applications, says analysing and non-destructive testing equipment supplier GammaTec SciAps product specialist Lyndon Momberg. GammaTec is the... 

COST-EFFECTIVE
SciAps offers a range of XRF analysers that provide cost-effective solutions for the mineral exploration and mining industries
COST-EFFECTIVE SciAps offers a range of XRF analysers that provide cost-effective solutions for the mineral exploration and mining industries

Pumps range suitable for low-lubricity media

11th September 2020 Component and technical services provider BMG notes that its SF series range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps is used primarily on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry. “SF heavy duty pumps are particularly suitable for transporting [chemically... 

SMOOTH TRANSPORTATION 
The SF-series pumps are particularly suitable for transporting chemically compatible media with minimal lubricity, that does not contain solids
SMOOTH TRANSPORTATION The SF-series pumps are particularly suitable for transporting chemically compatible media with minimal lubricity, that does not contain solids

Exploration junior secures stake in gold project

11th September 2020 ASX-listed graphite exploration junior Volt Resources has substantially completed its diligence enquiries on the Luiri Hill gold project and is progressing to completion, the company reported in July. The project is located in south-central Zambia, 120 km west-northwest of the Zambian capital of... 

OLI South Africa

8th September 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product range, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Founded in 1961, OLI has been committed to... 

OLI South Africa

World’s largest emerald mine not exempt from pandemic

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 The turmoil stemming from the global Covid-19 outbreak represents one of the most serious challenges that many companies face globally, and the world’s largest emerald mine, Kagem, is no exception, says emerald and ruby mining and marketing company Gemfields CE Sean Gilbertson. Kagem, in... 

RESTRICTED REVENUE 
Auctions accounted for about 93% of Gemfields’ 2019 revenue, but dates for upcoming auctions are uncertain
RESTRICTED REVENUE Auctions accounted for about 93% of Gemfields’ 2019 revenue, but dates for upcoming auctions are uncertain
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