Showing posts with label Christopher Yaluma. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christopher Yaluma. Show all posts

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Price Of Zambia's Emeralds Goes Up Due To Value Addition

By Paul Shalala in Lufwanyama
A worker sorting emeralds at Kagem Mine

The price for Zambia's emeralds has risen from $6 in 2008 to the current price of around $60 due to the new policy of value addition.

Kagem Mining Limited, the main producer of emeralds in Zambia, now polishes emeralds at the mine site.

Kagem Mining Limited Director of Operations C. V. Suresh says polishing and perfecting the stones has made them more profitable.

"Previously we never used to polish the emeralds but now they are prepared well before they are auctioned. This is the reason why the price has goine up since 2008," said Suresh in a powerpoint presentation at the mine yesterday.

At present, emaralds mined at Kagem are polished and perfected before they are auctioned in Lusaka.

Before that, Zambia used to export its emeralds in raw form and it fetched little money especially that the stones where auctioned abroad.
An aerial view of Kagem mine
But mining is a risky and dangerous undertaking with cases of accidents in most Zambian mines still alarming.

Last year alone, a total of 13 miners died in Zambian mines whilst on duty.

This record is not good for a mining nation like Zambia that predominantly depends on a sector that contributes over 50% of Government revenue.

At a time when many mines in the country are recording accidents, the opposite is the same with some mines such as Kagem on the Copperbelt Province.

Due to enhanced security and safety measures, the world’s largest emerald mine located in Lufwanyama District has achieved a record that no other mine in the world has achieved.

In the last seven years, the mine has clocked 3.5 million shifts without injuries.

The improved safety record at Kagem Mine has excited Government.

"This safety achievement makes us happy. It shows that Kagem management and workers are doing alot to ensure workers are safe. Losing life is a painful thing," said Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma at a function to celebrate this achievement at Kagem Mine yesterday.

Mr Yaluma later handed over a certificate of achievement to the mine for what he termed as exceptional safety record.
William Nyirenda and Christopher Yaluma

And Kagem Mine Board Chairman William Nyirenda boasted that the 3.5 million injury free shift record has never been achieved anywhere in the world.

"This is a world class record ladies and gentlemen. No where in the world has a mine gone this far without injuries," said Nyirenda, a Kitwe lawyer.

The 3.5 million shifts are counted from 2008 until April 2015.

Currently, Kagem Mine employs over 658 workers and it is about to expand to four other possible sites which will provide more job opportunities for Zambians.
Gemfields owns 75% of the shares while government owns the remaining 25%.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Government To Hand Over Lucrative 'Black Mountain' To Youths

Christopher Yaluma
By Paul Shalala in Kitwe

The Zambian government has revealed that it is in the process of issuing mining licences to youths of Kitwe's Wusakile township to start mining the famous Black Mountain.

Youths in the area have been fighting to take over the black mountain which is believed to be holding minerals worth billions of kwacha.

The Black Mountain
In an interview, Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma says the mining licences will allow the youths exploit the former mine to find start up capital to open other businesses.

"We want the youths to be united, form cooperatives and then we can grant them licences to mine and find income to dio businesses," said Mr Yaluma.

Wusakile ward councillor Davies Simunyola has welcomed government's new position saying it will go a long way in keeping the youths active and beneficial to the economy.

Mr Simunyola says he has had a tough time calming down the youths not to turn violent in their quest to take over the black mountain.

And Riverside ward councillor Christopher Kangombe says empowering the youths with the black Mountain will help improve people's living standards in Kitwe.

Meanwhile, Mulotwa Sichalwe who is one of the youths advocating for the Black Mountain, has appealed to government to provide protective clothing to the youths who will be given mining licences.

Mr Sichalwe says the current mining methods at the black Mountain are not safe as they pose as a health hazard to the illegal miners.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Kariba Dam Safe, Declares Zambia And Zimbabwe

By Paul Shalala in Kariba, Zimbabwe

Energy Ministers from Zambia and Zimbabwe on Tuesday held a two hour closed door meeting at the Zambezi River Authority offices in the Zimbabwean town of Kariba.

The meeting followed a week of media reports indicating that the Kariba dam which is shared by the two countries, was at the risk of collapsing due to cracks which had developed on the dam wall.

After the two hours closed door meeting, the two ministers, accompanied by another minister and a deputy minister from Zimbabwe, toured the dam wall where they were briefed on efforts being made to protect the facility.

They later entered entered the underground tunnels for more tours.

Several cracks where found on the wall which extended for several meters.

In some areas, water was even licking into the tunnel.

The two delegations where also taken to the plunge pool were re-shaping works are expected to take six years.

After the tour, the two delegations went to Kariba Town in Zimbabwe were they briefed the media on the state of the dam.

At Carribea Bay Hotel, Zimbabwean energy Minister Dzikamai Mavhaire declared the Kariba Dam safe to the public.

He however said maitenance works were needed and they would cost the two countries US4230 million.

His Zambian counterpart Christopher Yaluma assured the media that cooperating partners were ready to fund the the rehabilitation works.

But Zambezi River Authority Chief Executive Officer Munyaridzi Munodawafa downplayed the cracks on the dam wall describing them as "superficial."

He said they were not dangerous or a threat to the stability of the dam.

The two neighbouring countries have since constituted a committee to scout for funds to refurbish the Kariba Dam and its headed by Zambia's Finance Permanent Secretary Felix Nkulukusa.

The Kariba Dam is a regional source of energy for the Southern Africa region as the Zambezi river which passes through the Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique is a source of energy for these countries.

If indeed the Kariba Dam is to collapse, an estimated 3.5 million people would be affected in the southern Africa region.