MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
GOVERNMENT has urged mining companies to step up their safety measures to safeguard lives of miners and enhance productivity.
Speaking at a luncheon of the inaugural Copperbelt Mining, Agricultural, Industrial, Networking and Enterprise Exhibition (CAMINEX) in Kitwe yesterday, Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Christopher Yaluma said there can never be production without safety.
Mr Yaluma said mining companies should prioritise the safety of their workers to avoid loss of lives through mine accidents.
He praised Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) for being an “all-weather friend” to the Zambian government and continuing with its capital expansion projects even at a time copper prices on the international market plunged.
MCM chief executive officer Johan Jansen said the mining firm is expected to increase production from the current 600 million tonnes to 10 million tonnes per annum.