The Zambia Chamber of Mines, kindly advises all its stakeholders invited to the first ever National Mining Dialogue Conference that the event has been postponed.
The new dates for the conference will be communicated. The Chamber regrets the inconvenience caused and appreciates the positive response received from all stakeholders.
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The Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (MIASA), an association of Chambers of mines in the SADC Region, represents Chambers of mines from Botswana, the DRC, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. MIASA attended and participated in the Ministerial Symposium held on 7 February 2016 at the Mining indaba in Cape Town.
The symposium with African Ministers on promoting Africa as a preferred investment destination for mining takes place at a time when the mining industry in the whole of the SADC region and Africa at large is experiencing headwinds of significant proportions that require governments and the private sector to be pulling in the same direction to weather the storm and mitigate the negative impacts of the current downturn. Without such cooperation between governments and the private sector, the industry will slide further into decline to the detriment of socio-economic growth in the region with massive job losses which are a threat to social stability.
MIASA notes with concern, the large scale retrenchments in the region as a consequence of depressed commodity prices on international markets. In the SADC region alone, the mining industry has lost approximately 70,000 jobs across all commodities and considering a multiplier effect of 7, this translates to total jobs lost amounting to 490,000. This means up to 5 million people have been deprived of their daily subsistence considering that each employee supports between seven to ten dependants. To make matters worse, a further
50 000 employees face the risk of losing their jobs if something drastic is not done urgently.
In order to turn the situation for the better and ensure that Africa and in particular the SADC region is attractive for mining investment, governments need to maintain consistency in policy, to only introduce policies that are well researched and above all, in consultations with the private sector. MIASA calls for governments to cooperate and share experiences of what works and what doesn’t.
There is no need to re-invent the wheel. Four jurisdictions in the SADC region are currently reviewing mining legislation. Any legislation change makes investors nervous for as long as there is no finality and consultation on that legislation.
MIASA notes that the mining industry has had no significant investment in recent years with no major exploration projects for mining. Ministers of mining need to assist the mining industry by reducing the level of bureaucracy and creating an environment that will make it easy for new and emerging miners to enter the industry. Governments can also create certainty by avoiding changing policy at short intervals.
External investors also need certainty on security of tenure to ensure long term investment in mining industry. The industry is always ready to engage with governments in the SADC region to come with solutions that will help the industry to survive the downturn and position itself to reap mutual benefits in the next super-cycle.
THE United States of America (USA) and other foreign diplomats accredited to Zambia have backed calls for a long-term strategic consensus in the mining sector anchored on diversification to steer economic growth to new heights.
This is in response to the call made by the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) president Nathan Chishimba last week, for a deliberate drive by the Government, the industry and other stakeholders, to find conditions which will lead to a high-growth mining industry and a diversified economy.
US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz applauded the initiative by ZCM to better educate the public on the importance of the mining sector to the country’s economy while encouraging diversification.
“A crisis sometimes offers an opportunity to make a lasting change. The slump in copper prices, electricity shortage and issues with a depreciating Kwacha have hampered Zambia’s growth.
“Copper will eventually rebound and will remain an important part of the Zambian economy going forward but, as the mining companies are themselves saying, now is the time for the country to diversify away from an over-reliance on a single commodity and its cycles of boom and bust,” he said.
This is contained in a statement released by the ZCM office in Lusaka yesterday.
Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia Alex Andre Leveque said he also welcomed the diversification initiative, both in the mining industry and the wider economy, as this would benefit all Zambians.
Acting British High Commissioner to Zambia Lucy Joyce said mining was clearly an important industry in the country and its economic development.
“I understand that this initiative recognises the importance of increasing transparency between the mining industry, the Government, civil society and the public; we welcome this and hope stakeholders will engage constructively,” she said.
Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) chief executive officer Maybin Nsupila said the diversification of the mining sector and the wider economy was vital given the numerous challenges faced by the country in recent years.
Mr Nsupila said the fluctuations of the metal market had a great impact on the country’s foreign exchange earnings, while taking its toll on the growth of major sectors such as manufacturing.
“Total dependence on copper at the expense of other sectors has resulted in little growth in the economy, and there is an urgent need to diversify,” Mr Nsupila said.
Other stakeholders supporting the cause were Centre for Policy Trade and Development executive director Isabel Mukelabai, University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Mines Dean Osbert Sikazwe and prominent business executives Mark O’Donnell and John Kasanga.
Story By James Kunda (Times of Zambia).
The Chamber of Mines of Zambia held its Second HSE National Conference & Exhibition, from 30th to 31st July, 2015, at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, in Lusaka, under the Theme: “ROAD TO ZERO HARM”.
The high level event attracted participation from industry, academia, regulatory bodies, government and other stakeholders.
It brought together international and local speakers who shared their expertise, experiences and in-sights through technical presentations and discussions in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment; topical issues in the mining and related industries.
While the exhibition section gave delegates an opportunity to see HSE applications and offerings currently on the market; it was just a perfect occasion for business partners to interact and mingle, with the lively networking cocktail crowing the business of Day-One.
The second and last day so delegates registered with the Engineering Institution of Zambia walking away with 3-CPD points to their credit; in a brief but epic certificate presentation ceremony which preceded the official closing of the conference.
This conference once again proved itself as an event not to miss, on the activity calendar of the mining industry in Zambia, thanks to the generous support the Chamber received from its cooperating partners and members; Mopani Copper Mines Plc came in as main sponsor, with Murray & Roberts and RedPath as co-sponsors, and other supporting sponsors. We acknowledge all our sponsors, listed here under and trust that they will continue to support future events.
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GOVERNMENT has reiterated its resolve for the mining sector to run and operate a fiscal regime which is based on mutual trust.
Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Richard Musukwa said the mutual trust between Government and the mining sector should be premised on a broad-based consultation with the Chamber of Mines, which is the custodian of the mining sector.
Speaking during the Zambia Chamber of Mines second mining awards gala in Lusaka on Friday night, Mr Musukwa said Government is determined to ensure that the country’s fiscal regime is simple, transparent, reliable, stable and at all times predictable to guarantee investments.
Mr Musukwa described the Chamber as a critical partner and called for increased production by exploiting local reserves and extensively investing in the development of the mines.
He said Zambia hosts an estimated 10 percent of the world’s known copper reserves and has a wide variety of other minerals and metals that are being exploited in different parts of the country.
“The PF government is alive to the fact that these mineral resources cannot be fully exploited without collaboration between Government and the private sector. Therefore, the private sector will remain our key partners in the development of this nation,” Mr Musukwa said.
He said Government will continue ensuring that it provides a conducive environment to the growth of the mining sector.
“However, the private sector must also play its role in ensuring that mining not only generates profits for the shareholders but also benefits for the people of Zambia,” Mr Musukwa said.
He said the mining sector has not fully utilised the upstream, downstream and side stream linkages that the mining sector presents.
“I, therefore, challenge the industry to work towards integrating mining in the local economy as this will create a strong and sustainable economy for the benefit of all,” he said.
He urged the Chamber to consider awarding companies that are taking up initiatives to integrate into the local economy through capacity building, local sourcing of goods and services and greater engagement with local communities in their operations.
Meanwhile, Mopani Copper Mine was voted the mining company of the year during the occasion that saw it sweep six of the nine awards.
Apart from being crowned the best mine in 2014, the mining company was also voted best performer in environmental management, won the inter-company First AID competition, voted best employer, best performer in local content as well as in innovation.
Mopani capped the evening with its director Emmanuel Mutati scooping the President’s Award in recognition of his contribution to the mining sector.
Zambia Chamber of Mines president Jackson Sikamo described the gala as a platform for positive interaction and networking.
Story By: Benedicto Tembo
NNOVATION is now the buzz word in the world today as most development problems require new solutions.
Innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organisation – and in the mining sector, just like other sectors of the economy, it is very relevant now more than ever before.
For the mining sector, innovation can be viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements to this complex industry.
Mining is the heartbeat of Zambia’s economy. Zambia hosts an estimated 10 percent of the world’s known copper reserves and has a wide variety of other minerals and metals in different parts of the country.
And mining companies in Zambia, just like elsewhere in the world, are required to follow stringent environmental guidelines in order to minimise environmental impacts that result from water and air pollution, and have an effect on human health.
Mining causes noise pollution, damages infrastructure such as houses in mining townships due to blasting and contributes to land degredation.
The guidelines and regulations, therefore demand an environmental impact assessment, development of environmental management plans, mine closure planning (which must be done before the start of mining operations), and environmental monitoring during operation and after closure.
It is not a secret that most times, these regulations are not being well enforced due to various factors ranging from lack of capacity by mine safety inspectors to lack of compliance by mine operators.
As mines strive to improve the performance of the mining sector by targeting higher production figures, they should not do so at the expense of the environment.
There is, therefore, need to put in place necessary measures to mitigate the negative environmental impacts of mining.
However, things are now looking up – thanks to advancements in technology and the desire by mines for introspection.
One such innovation in Zambia has been scored by the Zambia Chamber of Mines by coming up with awards.
Last Friday, the Chamber of Mines awarded deserving personalities and mining companies for their contribution to the sector last year.
Now in their second year, the mining awards are designed to provide a platform for recognising service and excellence of individuals and member countries in the mining industry, whose efforts have remained unnoticed in the past.
The awards are a form of peer review by the mines because they evaluate work by one or more people of similar competence.
That mines allow judges, who are distinguished members of the mining profession, constitutes a form of self-regulation by the mines.
Through the Chamber of Mines, peer review methods are employed to maintain standards of quality, improve performance, and provide credibility.
It is, therefore, important to reward industry performers to motivate them to continue working hard and inspire others to improve their performance and aim higher.
Mining companies that subscribe to these awards deserve commendation because it demonstrates their willingness to be better corporate citizens, better employers, better environmental managers and better mines.
We agree with deputy minister of mines Richard Musukwa that in future, the chamber should consider awarding companies that are taking up initiatives to integrate into the local economy through capacity building.
Mining companies should also embark on local sourcing of goods and services and greater engagement with local communities in their operations.
MINES deputy minister Richard Musukwa says the government is determined to forge communicative linkages with the mining sector to ensure policies are well structured and more predictable.
Meanwhile, Mopani Copper Mines scooped seven awards at the Zambia Chamber of Mines mining awards gala in Lusaka.
Speaking at the second Zambia Chamber of Mines awards gala in Lusaka on Friday, Musukwa said the government would look to forge stronger communicative linkages with the mining sector to ensure all future decisions on policies were well structured and more predictable.
The revised 2015 mining tax regime due to come into effect this Wednesday will see a return to a two-tier fiscal regime from the current single tier effected on January 1, following a huge outcry from the sector.
“We have demonstrated many times that the industry has raised an alarm about some of the undertakings we have done as a government, our capacity to not only listen but to demonstrate that we are able to change certain course of action after consulting,” he told industry stakeholders at Lusaka’s Radisson Blu Hotel.
“I must tell you that my government is determined to ensure that we forge more communicative linkages with the Chamber and all the players in the mining sector so that together, we can structure decisions that are going to allow us to be more predictable and that we must be able to move together as a team.”
Musukwa also pledged the government’s commitment towards ensuring the mining industry would have a more stable and transparent fiscal regime.
“I must restate my government’s position and reiterate our commitment towards ensuring that as a government we run and operate a mining industry which has a stable fiscal regime, which is simple, transparent and in most cases, of which many of you investors are looking for, reliable,” said Musukwa, who also challenged mining houses in the country to integrate into the local economy to benefit all Zambians.
MCM scooped seven awards at the gala, which included the ‘Best Mining Employer’ in 2014, with Chibuluma Mines Plc having scooped ‘Best Performer in Social Investment in 2014’. The mining awards, introduced in 2012, provide a forum for recognising service and excellence of individuals and member companies in the mining industry, whose efforts remained unnoticed in the past, according to Chamber president Jackson Sikamo. –
Source: Post Zambia
Following the successful, Zambia Chamber of Mines Inaugural Mining Awards Gala Dinner held in 2014, the Chamber is back with yet another exciting event this year to recognize and promote service and excellence in the mining industry in Zambia.
The Council of the Chamber of Mines approved the hosting of the 2015 Gala Dinner, which provides an opportune event for key players in the industry to showcase their achievements, create business linkages and share experiences.
About 350 Mining Executives, Senior Government officials, Suppliers, Cooperating Partners, Civil Society and members of the Media are expected to attend the Gala to be held on 26th June, 2015 at Radisson Blue Hotel, in Lusaka, starting at 18:30 hours.
Zambian Mining companies will be awarded in various categories.
Sponsorship opportunities towards the 2015 awardsare available for:
We look forward to welcoming you to this event and to working closely with you to ensure the event is a huge success.
For further information (Tickets and benefits of sponsorship); Kindly, contact our Communications Manager, Mr. Talent Ng’andwe on 0955-381309/0977381309 or email email@example.com to confirm your partnership with us.
Maureen J. Dlamini (Mrs.)
Chief Executive Officer
ZAMBIA CHAMBER OF MINES
Lusaka (WEDNESDAY, 25th March 2015) – His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has directed the Minister of Finance and Minister of Mines and Minerals Development to effect changes to the 2015 Mineral Royalty Tax by 8th April 2015.
In letters to the two ministers today, President Lungu stated that after receiving submissions from individual mining companies and the Chamber of Mines, he has noted that the new tax regime poses a challenge to some mining houses. The President also noted that some mines are high-cost while others are low-cost operations.
“Obviously the mining industry has been affected by copper prices on the international market. It is clear that this unfavourable economic trend globally has been mainly on account of weak global demand for copper,” the Head of State said.
“I wish to take this opportunity to reiterate my government’s resolve to continue putting dialogue at the centre of our governance systems. Dialogue between my government and the mines shall continue.”
The President emphasized that government will always be amenable to progressive ideas that will assist in addressing challenges in the mining sector. The President notes that these challenges cannot be resolved overnight but he is confident that these matters are not insurmountable.
“I have therefore directed the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development to review the mining tax regime and make recommendations to Cabinet by 8th April 2015,” the President directed.
Among the options the President has asked the ministers to consider, are the following:
The President also directed that the ministers should also use the current legislation and administrative procedures to ensure that mines that are facing severe challenges are assisted.
The Head of State has meanwhile called on all individuals and corporate citizens to comply with the existing tax laws.
Special Assistant to the President (Press & Public Relations)
Lusaka, Tuesday, 3rdFebruary 2015—His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambiahas directed the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)Commissioner-General Mr. Berlin Msiska to expedite dialogue with mine owners and promptly resolve the impasse over the new mining tax regime.
President Lungu issued the directive after he addressed a special session of Cabinet to consider the impasse over the new mining tax regime and the outstanding VAT refunds for mining companies.
The President said he wants an amicable settlement that must end in a win-win outcome for both the mining companies and the people of Zambia.
On the VAT the status of the VAT refunds, the ZRA Commissioner-General and the Minister of Finance Hon. Alexander Chikwanda reported that a statutory instrument to regulate the payment of refunds would be ready in a matter of days to deal with future payments.
The Head of State has directed that in the light of the existing legal dilemma regarding claims that have already been submitted, new negotiations must therefore be opened to address mechanisms under which any payment would be settled.
“I want to see increased dialogue and increased flow of information that infact we have been talking to the mine owners over these matters. We have to make this clear so that we can forestall the falsehoods that some people are peddling to poison public perception regarding this matter. The ultimate aim is to protect jobs and keep mines profitable at the same time. We must also maintainthe country’s right to collect due taxes,” the President said.
The special session of Cabinet comprised Her Honour the Vice-President Mrs Inonge Wina, Hon. Chikwanda,Minister of Justice Hon. Dr Ngosa Simbyakula and Minister of Commerce Trade & Industry, Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe. The Minister of Mines will join this committee of ministers tasked to tackle the mines tax impasse. The ZRA Commissioner-General, Secretary to the Treasury Mr Fredson Yamba and Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Mr. Felix Nkulukusa were in attendance.
The Minister of Finance emphasised that government was actively engaged in dialogue with the mines and there is therefore no cause for panic and blackmail from any quarters. “This matter is under discussion and I will be addressing the issue at various fora this week when I visit some mines on the Copperbelt this week,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has reverted Dr. Bwalya Ng’andu to the Bank of Zambia as Deputy Government-Operations. Dr Ng’andu has been on secondment to the civil service as Permanent Secretary for Mchinga Province.
“In January last year, you were reassigned to Government as Permanent Secretary. Just as at Bank of Zambia, you have of Deputy of Governor (Operations). This is a critical position especially at a time when we face intractable challenges in both the domestic and global economies. There is a compelling need to use monetary policy to stimulate the economy and it cannot be business as usual,” the President says in a letter to Dr Ng’andu.
“Our government’s proclaimed intention is to lower the interest rates in order for small businesses to access bank facilities has proved futile because the Central Bank has persistently been tightening even when the economic fundamentals suggested the opposite. It is my sincere hope that you will reinforce the Governor and initiate meaningful dialogue with commercial banks to close some avoidable loopholes that induce injurious outflows of our meagre foreign exchange.”
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
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