ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) has continued to engage various stakeholders past the close of the Transaction on 31stMarch 2021 to acquire the 90% shares in Mopani Copper Mines Plc (Mopani) previously held by Carlisa on behalf of Glencore and First Quantum Minerals. One of the key stakeholders engaged is the Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors.
During a meeting held in Lusaka yesterday, the Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors President Augustine Mubanga praised ZCCM-IH for taking a bold step in acquiring the 90% shares on behalf of the Zambians. Mr. Mubanga states that the move has immense economic and social benefits for the country as the mine is still viable, and believes ZCCM-IH will help drive mineral beneficiation, industrialisation and actualise the local content implementation for the greater benefit for citizens.
He further presented a number of key issues that ZCCM-IH working with the Mopani Board and management need to look into, to ensure transparency in the procurement process at Mopani.
In response, ZCCM-IH Chief Executive Officer Mabvuto Chipata has reiterated the Company’s commitment to ensure that the procurement process is reviewed and that all key stakeholders will be engaged in this process. Mr Chipata states that priority for now is to ensure operations at Mopani are stabilised and production is increased.
Left to right: Brian Musonda, ZCCM-IH Chief Investments Officer; Augustine Mubanga Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors President; Mabvuto Chipata, ZCCM-IH Chief Executive Officer and George Jere General Secretary of the Association