The long-term effects of constant changes to Zambia's mining tax regime on investment has been “massive”, and has resulted in many mining projects being abandoned or deferred, representing a potential investment value of billions of dollars. That’s according to Michael...
Despite thousands of retrenchments in late 2015, employment in the Zambian mining industry actually increased slightly in 2016, absorbing and making good on the losses of the previous year. That’s according to figures by the Zambia Chamber of Mines, published...
Electricity and labour are the most important elements in the cost structure of the average Zambian copper mine, and together account for up to 50% of total operating costs. It means that even small increases in these two cost components...
The most impressive sight when visiting KCM’s Konkola Deep copper mine on the Copperbelt isn’t the sophisticated equipment and machinery, but the vast quantities of water gushing out from underground. About 450 million litres of water are pumped to the surface...
Now with embedded video for more impact.Mining once had a reputation for being a dirty business, but not any longer. With the steady advance of efficient, environmentally friendly technology, the industry has discovered that clean business can also be...
The first indication that Kalumbila is a town with its eye on the future is when you land at the airport: although the airport is in the very early stages of construction and doesn’t even have a terminal building...
It accounts for less than 2% of annual copper production, yet Chibuluma Mine, situated on the Copperbelt, is one of Zambia’s most successful mines in safety, productivity and profitability. Chibuluma Mine has had “only” one fatality in eight years. Its...
It’s early days, and there’s still a lot of hard work to do. But there is finally a sense that one of Zambia’s oldest underground mines has turned a corner and is well on its way to becoming an...
Because of the huge amount of work, heat and processing required to produce metals, mining is one of the most energy-intensive industries in the world and accounts for an estimated 5% of global electricity consumption. In all mining countries, the...
The new $2,1-billion Sentinel mine, in the remotest corner of Zambia’s North-Western province, is the mining industry’s most-ambitious venture ever, and the single-largest upfront infrastructure investment in Zambia since the Kariba dam. And by virtue of its technological sophistication, it...

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