Poor policies. “In the circumstances, and following consultation with its majority shareholder and funder, Mopani can no longer continue operating its mining operations and will transition those mining operations to care and maintenance (C&M) with effect from 8 April. Mopani Copper Mines PLC ("Mopani") is a Zambian registered company owned by Carlisa Investments Corporation (a joint venture company comprising Glencore International AG (73.1%) and First Quantum Minerals Ltd (16.9%)) and ZCCM-IH (10%). Mopani believes that the transition to C&M will help protect the company’s value and preserve the option to deliver our growth projects when market conditions improve.”. Bullock had arranged to exit the country last evening through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Regarding the smelter and refinery, we currently have material on site which will continue to be processed until further notice. Mopani Copper GLENCORE was in discussions with the Zambian government regarding plans to place the firm’s Mopani Copper Mines on care and maintenance. Mr Musukwa said government has also rejected an attempt by the Mining firm to give it less than 24 hours’ notice to lay off more than 11,000 workers. Glencore shelved its plans to place the operations under care and maintenance for 90 days, after Zambia threatened to revoke its mining license in April. Mopani did indicate that they wanted to put the mine on care and maintenance, which is going to put in excess of 15,000 employees in the streets and the government did reject that proposal because it was inimical to the interests of our people. Copper mining company Mopani Copper Mines plc said on Tuesday that it had placed its mining operations on care and maintenance and a number of projects on hold. According to Mr Musukwa, the mining firm in May 2020 issued a fresh notice to the Director of Mines in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development to declare its intention to place the mines in Kitwe and Mufulira on care and maintenance. Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Richard Musukwa says Government has rejected the request by Mopani Copper Mines to place its Mines on care and Maintenance. Mopani Copper Mines has informed all its contractors and suppliers that the mine will only offer a one month contract to each, pending the outcome of the appeal processes against government’s latest rejection of the firm’s proposal to place its mining operations on care and maintenance. Last week Mines and Mineral Development Permanent Secretary, Barnaby Mulenga, said discussions were being held between Government and Mopani on the decision to place operations on care and maintenance. Glencore Mopani Copper Mines Prev Post The Swiss-based commodity and mining company had earlier this year announced its intention to place Mopani on care and maintenance, signalling its desire to exit the Zambian mining sector in response to its escalating operational costs. All Rights Reserved. Why should the minister not ask Zambians the way out? SCORES of miners yesterday marched to Mopani Copper Mines general offices in Kitwe to protest over the company’s intention to place the giant mine under care and maintenance. He said Mopani Copper Mines did not provide evidence to show that it was facing challenges importing machinery saying the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry has been providing support to companies that intend to import equipment from other countries. Mopani proceeds to place mines on care and maintenance. , Mopani is going it is just a question of time. However, the mining giant released a media statement late Tuesday afternoon stating that operating, regulatory and macro-economic environments remain very challenging and have continued to place significant pressure on the business. Mopani which has shut the mine and placed it under Care and Maintenance has also sent all workers home and terminated employment for those on contracts. Employees and their dependents will continue to receive healthcare. Mopani will remain committed to its CSR projects,” stated Mopani. The government strategy is driven by a need to safeguard jobs at Mopani, rather than any desire to … That’s the worst part of the government! Mopani will engage with its employees, contractors and local communities regarding the impact of any operational change. Mopani remains committed to supporting its community projects, hospitals and schools during the period of C&M. Mopani sends workers on mandatory leave, proceeds on care and maintenance By Speedwell Mupuchi on April 9, 2020 MOPANI Copper Mines yesterday gave out letters sending workers on mandatory leave in view of operation difficulties made worse by the coronavirus. And Musukwa says if the mine goes ahead to lay off over 11,000 workers, it will be met by the full force of the law. Copper prices are going up, FQM are busy working-so what’s Glencore’s excuse??? “Mopani Copper Mines Plc held a number of meetings with Government Ministries on 6 April 2020 in which it provided an update of its comprehensive operational review. Mr Musukwa, are you an expert in Mining! The Kabwe Municipal Council (KMC) has closed some business houses, including the Shoprite chain store for violating the Covid-19 health guidelines. Mopani further stated that it would continue with its commitments and obligations to the workforce and host communities adding that it could continue engaging unions and government regarding the nature and duration of that support. He has been advised to stay in the country until issues of Mopani Copper Mine management’s decisions are clearly understood by government. Mopani is saying they want to put the company on Care and maintenance and the government is objecting! Home Glencore’s Mopani copper mine moves to care & maintenance Glencore-owned Mopani Copper Mines is to transition its operations to care-and-maintenance status from Wednesday April 8 but will continue to process on-site material at the associated Zambian smelter and refinery until further notice. A Mining expert Philasoni Chikwanda has urged government to be thoughtful as it continues to dialogue with Glencore, the majority shareholders of Mopani Copper Mines – MCM following its decision to put the mines on care and maintenance. Mr Mulenga said the issues being discussed included failure by the mining firm to give contractors terms of the new contracts. Mr Musukwa said the Director of Mines has however rejected the request because Mopani did not give convincing reasons for its decision. Zambia intends to revoke the mining licenses of Mopani Copper Mines (MCM), a subsidiary of Glencore, as the firm did not give sufficient notice before suspending its mining operations due to the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis. MCM “should not put the mine on care and maintenance, as over 11,000 miners will be without jobs,” MUZ chief George Mumba told AFP. Mining Disputes. Copyright © 2017 The Mast. Mopani Copper Mines, which produced 119,000 tonnes of copper in 2018, is 73.1% owned by Glencore, 16.9% by First Quantum Minerals and 10% by Zambia’s mining investment arm ZCCM-IH. But alert security officials refused him exit and he has been advised to stay in… KMC Assistant Public Relations... United party For national Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has asked the Human Rights Commission of Zambia to investigate the Extra-judicial killings and gross... Government rejects the request by Mopani Copper Mines to place its... 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The operating, regulatory and macro-economic environments remain very challenging and have continued to place significant pressure on the business. Don’t you think you are now begging for this investor instead of finding a suitable investor who can run the mines! This is just one side of the story. Are you trying to hold Mopani hostage? Mr Musukwa said the authorities rejected Mopani’s request based on the findings of the Inter-Ministerial Committee which found that the coronavirus pandemic had not affected operations of the mining sectors as most of the operations are mechanized. Mopani assured that permanent Zambian employees, including those in management, would continue receiving their base salaries for the period the mine would be under care and maintenance. Minority shareholders are spread throughout the world, in various locations. But government through the Minister of Mines Richard Musukwa has objected to the move by the mining company, daring the Glencore-owned mining giant to leave ‘if they have failed to run the mining operations in Zambia.”. In addition, Nkana produces copper from open pits. Government has rejected the proposal by Mopani Copper Mines to put the mines in Kitwe and Mufulira under care and maintenance. Glencore’s Zambian arm Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) has decided to resume mining for 90 days, though it it is still planning on putting the operations on hold. Speaking … It is time agricultural activities became the main stay of this nation. Your email address will not be published. In an analysis of ‘Zambia’s debt payment... 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Does the minister know that in advanced countries, the government is either or both receiving some money from the government to maintain the workforce or reduced the number of workers and suspected projects in order to cope up the effect of COVID 19. Let’s hear the mopani version. MOPANI Copper Mines says the decision to put the mine on care and maintenance starting tomorrow April 8, is as a result of the critical disruptions to international mobility, transportation and supply chains arising from COVID-19. The Nkana Mine produces copper and cobalt ore from four sources: North Shaft, Mindola Sub Vertical, Central Shaft and South Ore Body (“SOB”). Chewe argued that the reasons given to place the mines on care and maintenance were not convincing and pleaded with government to take the plight of miners in Mopani seriously as the action threatens to shutter the economy of the Copperbelt. If the government has money let it take the operations of Mopani. Liquidate their shares GRZ. “If an agreement is reached Mopani will re-start mining operations and issue a notice of its intention to place the mining operations on care and maintenance after 90 days,” Glencore said. I don’t see it going anywhere. Minister of Mines Richard Musukwa said this is because the mining firm has not complied with the law. Mr Musukwa was responding to Kantanshi Independent Member of Parliament Anthony Mumba who wanted to know what measures the government had employed to prevent job losses at the mine if it was put on care and maintenance. “If an agreement is reached Mopani will re-start mining operations and issue a notice of its intention to place the mining operations on care and maintenance after 90 days,” Glencore said. Mopani is one of Glencore’s “focus” assets and a key plank of a wider plan to transform the performance of its African copper unit, which also includes mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 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