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Mines Minister Addresses Mining Sector Challenges and Prospects 

Mines and Minerals Development Minister, Paul Kabuswe, held a press conference to discuss recent challenges and future prospects in Zambia’s mining sector. 

Expressing disappointment over protests by mine worker unions on the Copperbelt, Mr. Kabuswe reiterated the government’s transparent handling of the takeover of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) by Vedanta Resources.

During the press conference in Lusaka, Minister Kabuswe expressed shock at the protests, emphasizing the active involvement of all mine worker unions in the processes leading to Vedanta Resources becoming the equity shareholder at KCM. 

He assured that challenges at KCM had been resolved post-Vedanta’s return, with all required documents signed.

Kabuswe highlighted the government and Vedanta’s fulfillment of obligations, mentioning the court’s impending involvement to initiate the process of removing Provisional Liquidator Ms. Celine Nair at KCM. Vedanta has filed a consent judgment, aiming to expedite this process.

Addressing concerns about Mopani Copper Mine’s equity partner, Investment Resources Holdings, Mr. Kabuswe dismissed doubts, stating the company has the capacity to develop the mine collaboratively with the government.

Minister Kabuswe also discussed the issue of illegal mining operations, labeling it a “legacy issue.” He announced the government’s efforts to establish a Mining Regulator, underscoring its commitment to robust enforcement against illegal mining activities.

In conclusion, Minister Kabuswe expressed optimism about the future, highlighting exciting times ahead for Zambia’s mining sector. However, he acknowledged the complexity of the situation, with ongoing legal proceedings and the necessity for collaboration between the government and mining companies.

As Zambia’s mining industry undergoes these transitions, the roles of key players like Vedanta Resources, led by Anil Agarwal, and the historical significance of the Oppenheimer family in the global mining landscape add complexity to the unfolding narrative. 

The government’s transparent approach and commitment to resolving challenges signal a potential turning point for the sector, with Vedanta’s involvement and upcoming court proceedings shaping the future landscape of mining in Zambia.

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