Employment laws should strike a balance between promoting the rights of workers, and ensuring businesses remain profitable enough to provide for broad employment.  The Employment Code Act (ECA) has been widely criticised for disrupting this balance since it was first...
Operational challenges, declining ore grades and the need to contain costs have not prevented First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi Mine from producing a sterling set of financial results at the end of 2016, and confirming its status as Zambia’s flagship...
This year’s Africa Day on 25 May commemorated the 57th anniversary of 32 leaders’ establishment of the Organisation of African Unity, today the African Union. In marking the holiday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described Africa’s COVID-19 response as...
Where in the world are you likely to undergo more breathalyser tests within the space of a few days than you’re likely to encounter in your entire lifetime? Answer: at any of Zambia’s major copper mines. For safety reasons, they...
No infrastructure, no power, no water, no labour, a deadly fire and a plunging copper price – these are just some of the challenges that were successfully overcome in the planning and construction of Lumwana Mine in North-Western province. When...
Zambia is one of the ten least attractive jurisdictions in the world for mining investment, according to the Annual Survey of Mining Companies, released this week by the Fraser Institute, an independent think-tank, and the global benchmark for investors’...
With copper now hovering around $6 000 a tonne, the red metal is enjoying its strongest and most sustained price rally since the depths of the global commodity slump in January 2015, when it was languishing at around $4...
Right now, it’s little more than a hole in the ground; but six months from now, in the first quarter of 2018, this dusty building site in the North-Western province town of Kalumbila will be a $40-million manufacturing facility...
In what is an environmental world-first, a unique species of tree from India that can produce diesel fuel and other valuable by-products has been successfully planted on an area of disused mine-land outside the Copperbelt town of Chingola. It’s the...
As we discussed last week, the COVID-19 pandemic – whilst first and foremost a public health emergency – is creating a global economic crisis in its wake, which could cause longer lasting disruption than the virus itself. For the...