Your time to shine has arrived, dear reader! Mining for Zambia’s annual quiz is back, giving you the chance to show off your knowledge of Zambia’s biggest sector. If you’re a regular reader, get ready to share your score on social media, and encourage friends and family to catch up! If you’re feeling a bit rusty – or simply haven’t had the time to stay up to date these last few months – you’re in luck because all the answers can be found in our articles from the year gone by. Just look for the ‘hints’ along the way. Best of luck!
How many of the world’s top 20 copper-producing mines is Zambia home to? (Enlighten yourself by reading ‘Could Zambia join the top 10?’)
Which key change(s) to the mining tax regime were announced in the 2022 Budget Speech? (Go back and peruse ‘Behind the Budget’ for the answer.)
What happened to Nature’s Nectar, the mine-supported startup in Northwestern Province that empowers Zambian honey farmers, since FQM Trident Foundation provided the capital to buy their first batch of 2,000 hives in 2018? (There are clues aplenty in ‘A sweeter future for Zambian honey’ and ‘More honey, more money, more jobs’)
How much was invested in getting First Quantum Minerals’ Sentinel mine online in August 2015? (Hint: it represented the single-largest upfront infrastructure investment in Zambia, since the Kariba Dam. Scan ‘Zambia’s history of copper production — Part 2’ for the answer.)
When 'Mining For Zambia' asked several of the country’s financial brains and mining experts whether the 2022 Budget’s proposed changes to the mining tax regime are positive for Zambia’s economy, which of them responded with a resounding ‘Yes’? (Hint: Read ‘What do next year’s changes to the mining tax regime actually mean for Zambians?’ for the answer.)
What happened to the First Quantum Minerals-funded School-on-Radio programme after 31 July 2020 when it was scheduled to end? (You’ll find all the clues you need in ‘School must go on’.)
How much more copper do Electric Vehicles (EVs) require, compared to their combustion engine counterparts? (Psst: Read ‘Will Zambian Copper Be Part of the Coming Green Revolution?’ to ensure your EV knowledge is up to date.)
How long has the Kansanshi-funded Business Development Training Programme – which provides microentrepreneurs in Solwezi and surrounding areas with the necessary business skills to empower their success – been running? (Hint: Read ‘The businesspeople of North-Western’s future’ to find the answer.)
What consensus on mining was reached during Zambia’s April 2021 mining indaba and the online Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (ZIMEC) which followed it? (Hint: read ‘Seeing eye to eye’ to learn more.)
How many Zambian entrepreneurs have been provided with business skills to empower their success via the Kansanshi-funded Business Development Training Programme’s inception? (Hint: Read ‘The businesspeople of North-Western’s future’ for the answer.)
ZRA collected an impressive 43 percent above its projections for revenue and grants between January and May 2021, with substantial increases in income tax receipts, VAT and mineral royalties driven by mining companies. How did experts primarily hope this windfall would be spent? (Hint: The answer is in ‘Putting windfalls to work’)
Which records for copper production were broken in 2020, according to statistics released earlier this year? (The answers are in ‘Is the world seeing the future of Zambia’s mining sector in a new light?’)
How much of Zambia’s national copper production in 2020 came from the FQM-run Sentinel and Kansanshi mines in Northwestern Province?
How are the Kansanshi Cycling Team's recent successes linked to Zambia's future? (To remind yourself why there’s more to this cycling team than meets the eye, have a read of ‘Kickstarting a positive cycle’.)
What happened in May 2020 when Namibia reversed its decision to make mineral royalties non-deductible, as was the intention announced in Zambia’s 2022 Budget Speech? Read ‘Meet the Zambian at the helm of Namibia’s mining sector’ to find out more.)
Wishing all our loyal readers a restful, safe and happy holiday season!