Showing posts with label Mazabuka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mazabuka. Show all posts

Thursday, 14 May 2015

US$40 Million Needed To Re-Open Munali Nickel Mine



By Paul Shalala and Collins Chama
Aerial shot of Munali Nickel Mine

Munali Nickel Mine in Mazabuka District has been under care and maintenance after Albidon Mine stopped operations in 2011.

Since then, nothing much has changed to revamp operations at the mine.

The only slim hope is that feasibility studies at the mine have been completed, with positive results.

The results show that the mine has 5.6 Million tonnes of nickel ore.

The company is now looking for US$40 Million to revamp operations at the Mazabuka mine.

Already US$5 million has been spent on technical works at the mine since December last year.

Once fully operational, the mine can produce about 4 thousand tonnes of nickel concentrate annually, with the potential to grow to 6,000 tonnes.

The mine, which was acquired by Britain-based Consolidated Nickel Mines (CNM) plc after entering an agreement with the previous owners, Jinchuan in May, is expected to reopen once works are complete and approved by relevant stakeholders.

According to recent media reports, CNM plc managing director Simon Purkiss said the firm, which is expected to invest about US$40 million to reopen the mine is, among other projects, developing an extensive due diligence to re-establish the extent of the ore body. 

CNM is also undertaking extensive metallurgical tests to improve recoveries and visiting other nickel mine operations in the region to examine different operations.

This is according to a response to a press query issued by the company recently.

The Munali Nickel Mine has in the past displaced thousands of small scale farmers who have been relocated to Mugoto area.

The plight of the farmers has been a controversial issue which has been a thorn in the eyes of authorities.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Paul Shalala Wins African Journalism Award


Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) reporter Paul Shalala has won second prize at the 2014 African Fact Checking Media Awards that were held at the Safari Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya last week on Friday.

The Africa Fact Checking Media Awards, which are sponsored and hosted by the France-based AFP News Agency and the Kenyan-based African Media Initiative, are held annually to award the best three investigative stories produced by African journalists.

AFP Foundation Director Robert Holloway, who announced the winners, said Mr Shalala’s investigative story on the inpact of mining investment on farmers in Zambia was a good piece of journalism worth recognising.

Mr Holloway, said a team of judges decided to award the second prize both to Mr Shalala and Kenyan journalist Victor Amadala because both their stories had a huge impact on society.

Ghanaian freelance journalist Edem Srema walked away with the first prize for his documentary on the illegal mining of gold in Ghanaian water bodies.

On September 25, 2013 Mr Shalala's 12 minutes investigative feature story on the impact on local farmers by multi-national mining investors in Mazabuka and Solwezi, was aired on TV's Morning Live programme.

Last year, the same story was shortlisted for the 2013 African Story Challenge Media Awards but Mr Shalala did not make it among the three winners.

Read the official announcement of the award winner at the Africa Check website: http://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/the-african-fact-checking-awards/


The link to Mr Shalala’s original story is here: http://www.paulshalala.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-impact-of-multi-national-mining.html

The award winning 12 minutes video by Mr Shalala can be watched on this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZwczRoPvSs&feature=youtu.be

Saturday, 4 October 2014

ZNBC's Paul Shalala Nominated For Top African Journalism Award

Paul Shalala interviewing farmers in Solwezi
By Bangwe Navilley

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) reporter Paul Shalala has been nominated for the inaugural Africa Fact-Checking Media Awards.

Mr Shalala's story on the impact of multi-national mining investments on local farmers in Zambia, is among the eight stories that have been shortlisted for the awards to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in mid November 2014.

The Africa Fact Checking Media Awards are co-sponsored by Africa Check and AFP Foundation, the non-profit arm of the France-based AFP news agency.

The wards are aimed at honouring the best pieces of investigative fact checking journalism work in Africa.


co-sponsored by Africa Check and the AFP Foundation – the non-profit media training arm of the AFP news agency – to honour the best pieces of investigative fact-checking work across Africa this year. - See more at: http://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/the-african-fact-checking-awards/#sthash.vAW4WgWd.dpuf

According to an announcement on the Africa Check website, Mr Shalala is the only Zambian journalist among the finalists with the rest coming from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia and South Africa.

In September, 2013, Mr Shalala carried out a three week investigation on mining activities and their impact on farmers in Mazabuka and Solwezi districts where he discovered that thousands of farmers had been displaced by multi-national companies but they had not been adequately compensated and cared for.

This is the second time the story is being nominated for internationa media awards.

The actual story can be read here: http://www.paulshalala.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-impact-of-multi-national-mining.html

The award winning video can be accessed on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZwczRoPvSs&feature=youtu.be

Lat year, Mr Shalala was nominated for the Africa Story Challenge Media Awards but he did not make it among the top three winners. 




The shortlisted entries are as follows, listed by alphabetical order.
  1. Theophilus Abbah, Terkula Igidi, Hamisu Matazu – Sunday Trust (Nigeria): “Reopening Jonathan’s Bag of Many Promises / Jonathan’s N.163trn Road Projects Await Completion
  1. Victor Amadala – www.kenyakidz.com (Kenya): “Doctors dispel myth of plastic teeth in babies
  1. Phillip de Wet – Mail & Guardian (South Africa): “In this microcosm of South Africa, President Zuma’s words ring false
  1. IniEkott – Premium Times (Nigeria): “Nigerian Senate’s resolution on Imo based on rumour; no evidence state planned IDs for Northerners
  1. Med Dhia Hammami – nawaat.org (Tunisia): “Enquête sur le gaz de schiste en Tunisie : des profondeurs du sous-sol tunisien aux paradis fiscaux !
  1. Musikilu Mojeed – Premium Times (Nigeria): “Aviation Minister Stella Oduah in fresh fake doctorate scandal / American education dept, university confirm Stella Oduah’s honorary Ph.D is fake
7.     Paul Shalala – Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Zambia): “The impact of Multi-National Mining Investment on Food Security in Zambia” (article and accompanying video)

8.     Edem Stem, Gifty Andoh Appiah, Nicolas Atta Addo, Ebenezer Tagoe and Eric Agbalekpor – Multtvworld.com (Ghana): “Trading Ghana’s Water for Gold” (video)
 
The full announcement is here: http://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/the-african-fact-checking-awards/

  1. Victor Amadala – www.kenyakidz.com (Kenya): “Doctors dispel myth of plastic teeth in babies
  1. Phillip de Wet – Mail & Guardian (South Africa): “In this microcosm of South Africa, President Zuma’s words ring false
  1. IniEkott – Premium Times (Nigeria): “Nigerian Senate’s resolution on Imo based on rumour; no evidence state planned IDs for Northerners
  1. Med Dhia Hammami – nawaat.org (Tunisia): “Enquête sur le gaz de schiste en Tunisie : des profondeurs du sous-sol tunisien aux paradis fiscaux !
  1. Musikilu Mojeed – Premium Times (Nigeria): “Aviation Minister Stella Oduah in fresh fake doctorate scandal / American education dept, university confirm Stella Oduah’s honorary Ph.D is fake
  1. Paul Shalala – Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Zambia): “The impact of Multi-National Mining Investment on Food Security in Zambia” (article and accompanying video)
  1. Edem Stem, Gifty Andoh Appiah, Nicolas Atta Addo, Ebenezer Tagoe and Eric Agbalekpor – Multtvworld.com (Ghana): “Trading Ghana’s Water for Gold” (video)
- See more at: http://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/the-african-fact-checking-awards/#sthash.vAW4WgWd.dpuf