Mopani spends US$3 bn on infrastructure upgrade

MOPANI Copper Mines has from the year 2000 invested US$3.04 billion in the upgrading of infrastructure and in major capital programmes, company chief executive officer, Johan Jansen said yesterday.

He said a further US$1.1 billion had been earmarked to complete the construction of the new Synclinorium, Mindola Deeps and Mufulira Deeps mine shafts

“We are fully committed to the future of Mopani and are pleased that since 2000, our major shareholder, Glencore, has invested US$3.04 billion in upgrading infrastructure and in major capital expansion programmes. A further US$1.1 billion has been earmarked to complete the construction of our new Synclinorium, Mindola Deeps and Mufulira Deeps mine shafts.” he said.

Mr Jansen said this when he announced mine’s commencement of a roll out of an industrial theatre presentation dubbed the ‘The Mopani Way’ through presentations to key stakeholders.

The ‘Mopani Way’ is a means of disseminating the company’s ambitious 10-year journey to becoming a world-class copper producer by reducing costs and increasing production in a safe and sustainable manner.

This follows the successful launch of ‘The Mopani Way’ industrial theatre on February 20, 2016 which was officiated by the Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Hon. Chishimba Kambwili.

Mr Jansen said the roll out programme would start with all Mopani employees before being extended to contractors and stakeholders in the mines operations.

“Our goal is to have every single one of our employees come through and watch this industrial play, which depicts our commitment to turning Mopani into a world-class mining operation by 2023. It is important to effect a change in culture in both direct (Mopani) and contract employees, after all we are all working together to attain the same goal.”

“After our employees have watched the play, we will then roll it out to a cross section of the community and leadership in our two mining towns of Kitwe and Mufulira. We believe that we cannot undertake this journey in isolation and as such, we need all our stakeholders to join us if we are to make our plans for the future a reality,” Mr Jansen said.

The presentation focuses on investing in people and infrastructure, which entails adequately training its employees and improving their work culture coupled with the investment in excess of US$1.1 billion to sink three new shafts with new technology that will extend the life of the mine by over 25 years.

He said the initiative was devised in 2013 as a response to the challenges posed by high cost of production, low metal prices on the international market and reduced ore reserves as well as aging infrastructure.

Mr Jansen said the initiative would lead to the formulation of company values which were necessary to enable the company change the way it managed its business which he said would enhance safety, competence and motivation to work towards a common goal.

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