Controversial Chinese Firm Given Another Copper Mine [Zambia]

Author: Kelvin Kachingwe, Inter Press Service News Agency, Published on: 2 June 2009

The desperate need to find an alternative investor for the closed Luanshya Copper Mines (joint venture International Mineral Resources, Bein Stein Group Resources) in Zambia’s Copperbelt has not prevented some Zambians from fiercely opposing the government’s decision to let Chinese-owned Non-Ferrous Metals Mining Company run the mine. The choice of NFCA is controversial because 49 miners died in an accident at the Chambishi Mine which it had taken over in 2003. Five miners were shot and killed by police during violent protests over working conditions at the same mine in 2007...Zambia has seen a backlash against Chinese influence in the local economy, largely fuelled by workplace accidents; concerns over poor working conditions and low pay at Chinese-run copper mines [also refers to Vedanta, Luanshya Mineral Resources, Mopani Copper Mines ]

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Related companies: Chambishi Metals Konkola Copper Mines (joint venture Vedanta Resources, Zambia Copper Investments & ZCCM Investments) Vedanta Resources