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Zambian president pledges to dissolve KCM

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, on Tuesday, pledged to dissolve KCM, the country’s largest copper producer, in a deepening dispute with foreign mining companies over tax and employment.Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, on Tuesday, pledged to dissolve KCM, the country’s largest copper producer, in a deepening dispute with foreign mining companies over tax and employment.

KCM is owned by London-based Vedanta Resources, with the state-owned ZCCM-IH as a minority shareholder.

Lungu has targeted the mining sector to generate tax revenue as Zambia struggles with growing debt, and has told international mining companies to leave the copper-rich African country if they opposed the new tax regime.

“We are resolved and determined on the KCM liquidation process because all people in the Copperbelt (mining region) want Vedanta to go,” Lungu said in a speech broadcast on state radio.

“This is not my decision alone but the people, and I will not abandon you on KCM,” he told supporters in Ndola.

A court hearing in Lusaka into the appointment of a provisional liquidator to run KCM, which employs 13,000 people, was adjourned for a week on Tuesday.

“Vedanta (has) reiterated its commitment to Zambia, and to the development and sustainability of Konkola Copper Mines,” Vedanta said in a statement last week.

The company said the government had made “unfounded allegations” over alleged unpaid taxes and that its business was unprofitable due to rising tax and electricity bills.

Companies have warned that the proposals could trigger a mass withdrawal of investment and thousands of redundancies.

“KCM is a single largest employer in the country and the impact of this liquidation could be devastating,” said independent business analyst Maambo Hamaundu.

“A few weeks ago we were given pronouncements by government officials that the mine was working properly but suddenly it’s being liquidated. Foreign investors are apprehensive.”

Zambia is Africa’s second-biggest copper-producing country after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Vedanta, owned by Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, is seeking international arbitration to resolve the dispute, with some analysts saying the company could be replaced by a Chinese firm.

Zambian president decision to dissolve its largest copper producer is not a welcoming idea, especially at this time of economic challenges in the country, but we stand to wait to see how it will all play out.

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AngloGold aim at restoring Staffs’ Enthusiasm, Confidence and Discipline at Once

TECHATLAST – AngloGold Ashanti, well referred as AngloGold, says it is considering strategies to restore lost staff morale which “may” have been destroyed due to wide ranges of restructuring the firm went through last year.

The chairman of the JSE-listed gold mining company said while assuring the company’s interest in re-engineering working systems with aim of enabling/improving productiveness in the company.

AngloGold aim at restoring Staffs' Enthusiasm, Confidence and Discipline
AngloGold aim at restoring Staffs’ Enthusiasm, Confidence and Discipline at once

Last year, the company took away $500 million from part of the company’s operation costs for one and half years. The firm took the decision which has negatively affects the company operations. About 40% of the staffs were laid-off at the company’s head office and regional offices.

The decision came immediately after the appointment of Srinivasan Venkat, the company’s new CEO, at the time. The position was formally held by Mark Cutifani, who left for Anglo American.

In his statement, Pityana explains in the company’s latest annual report saying:

“While absolutely necessary, this was a difficult and painful procedure. AngloGold will ensure that its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen to all stake holders and the physical environment are not compromised.

With this move, AngloGold is set to restore high level of enthusiasm, confidence, and discipline of staffs towards achieving the company’s visions all at the same time.

I pray this goes as planned.

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