KALENGWA Mine in Mufumbwe, owned by Coppebelt based jerabo Shawki Fawaz says it will soon increase its workforce from the current 200 to 600 following a US$4.5 million investment in a new floatation plant.
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Mine proprietor Shawki Fawaz told journalists in Mufumbwe on Saturday that this is in line with Patriotic Front (PF) government’s policy on job creation.
Shawazi, a PF thug has been involved in sponsoring violence against opposition MMD campaigners in Mufumbwe.
Mr Fawaz said the mine has now resumed operations after a protracted legal battle over its ownership between his Hetro Mining and Euro Africa Kalengwa Mine Limited chaired by former diplomat Mulondwe Muzungu.
“We have managed to start operations and we are grading the roads but the rains have caught us since we have just got the mine back. We hope by early next year we will put up a big floatation plant and do the roads to all other smaller mines so that we can develop it into a bigger site and have much bigger operations.
“We expect to go to 600 (employees). We were at 450 before the mine was shut down and taken over but I think we will get back to 600 by April next year,” Mr Fawaz said.
He said the US$5 million floatation plant is on the way.
“As we are talking, the plant is being offloaded in Dar es Salaam but then there is also civil works and concrete works. There is also cost of new equipment, installing it and everything else. So we hope we will start installing it by May next year,” he said.
Mr Fawaz said his company faced a lot of difficulties under the MMD government but since the PF came into power, “everything is on course and we are working. We are progressing and I think if all remains the same and all things being equal, we should be able to make a lot of progress.”
“This is a Zambian mine and we have to develop these small mines. If we are not encouraged, we will remain in the shadows of bigger mines all the time. We are a Zambian mine, all our employees are Zambian and we just bring a few expatriates until most of our Zambian guys learn how to do specialised jobs. We locally source nearly everything, so I think we can do it on our own. we just need to push up a bit,” he said.