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...
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...
Barrick Lumwana is a massive open-pit mine, about 100 km from Solwezi. The mineral deposit is very large, but relatively low-grade – the ore contains just 0.58% copper. Because of this, Barrick Lumwana has to dig up a lot more material...
Four big mines dominate Zambia’s copper production, complemented by several smaller players who also play an important role. All the mines are backed by a wide range of respected international investors. The Zambian government, through its investment-holding company ZCCM-IH, is...
Mining and aviation are worlds apart, yet they share a common feature – both are highly dangerous, and need skilled professionals who know how to handle life-threatening situations. Airline pilots spend hundreds of hours training on simulators, learning to handle...
The CEO of Glencore’s Mopani copper mine in Kitwe, Johan Jansen, uses football to explain where the company is in the worldwide league of costs. "Like a sports team, Mopani is near the bottom of the league, and needs to improve...
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...
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...
Copper mining can produce lucrative by-products. The most common one in Zambia is cobalt, which sells for five times more than copper on world markets. But the ultimate by-product for any copper mine is gold, and FQM’s Kansanshi mine in Solwezi...

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