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Zambia: Rupiah Band asks foreign investors to guarantee worker’s safety

By on December 3, 2010

The Zambian president, Rupiah Banda, has warned investors in the country’s mining sector to ensure that they put in place adequate safety measures to avoid exposing Zambian miners to hazardous working conditions and accidents.
The president made the remarks during the commissioning of the West Orebody project at Chambishi Copper Mines, which is expected to produce at least 1 million tons of copper ores a day. Chambishi is owned by NFCA Mining, a unit of China Nonferrous Metals Company. In 2005, a blast at the premises of Chambishi Copper Mines left at least 50 workers dead, and a later inquest blamed Chinese managers at the plant for ignoring safety measures. The new project at Chambishi is expected to employ at least 1,500 miners. China Nonferrous Metals’ investments in Zambia are expected to surpass $2.5 billion by the end of 2013, according to Luo Tao, the company’s president.
(Dow Jones)

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