Solwezi, Zambia — 28 May 2013
Canadian mining development company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has employed 2,000 Zambians at the Sentinel mine at Kalumbila, 120km west of Solwezi in north-western Zambia.
A further 400 Zambians are expected to be hired here soon when the construction of a smelter by the global mining company starts, reports allAfrica.com
FQM resource optimisation manager at Trident John Gladston said in a statement released in Lusaka that most of those employed were locals from Musele Chiefdom.
“The employment record of Zambians for the construction of Sentinel Mine “’ the first of the three potential mines at Trident “’ has broken the 2,000 mark, reaching a total of 2,013 employees at the end of April 2013,” he revealed.
“This is another phenomenal milestone of FQM’s positive influence in Zambia, and it is the desire of the company to work closely with government, the local traditional leaders and other stakeholders to ensure that this hugely important project to Zambia is completed on schedule,” he added.
Gladston said an estimated 80% of the newly hired Zambian employees were employed by Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML), a wholly-owned FQM subsidiary, and 20%were direct contractors for the construction of the mine.
Consistent with FQM’s local employment policy aimed at giving preference to people within surrounding communities, 1,449 of the new employees were from north-western province.
FQM is expected to boost its copper production to 700,000tpa by 2015 with the completion of Sentinel and increased output from expansion at Kansanshi mine.
Caption, Pic 1: Construction in full swing at FQM’s Sentinel mine in north-western Zambia.
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