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By ZamChro Reporter

Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) has given the Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) one-month notice to lay off around 1,500 at its Mufulira and Nkana copper and cobalt mines.

 

The Zambian Chronicle learnt that despite pleas from the Zambian government asking the directors of the equity partners to reconsider, the Swiss traders Glencore have gone ahead with their initial decision.

 

However, the company has deferred their closure to May 2 from April 15. In a sign of defiance to the government, the company said in a letter to the MUZ that it intends to go ahead with the closure as earlier planned.

 

Last week the Zambian government pledged to take over mining operations should the majority equity partner decide otherwise but with the government itself lacking resources due to closures elsewhere, it is yet to be seen if they would follow through.

 

In another development a Chinese company contracted to build a mordent stadium in Ndola hopes to complete the project within 26 months. Anhui Foreign Economic Construction group vice president, Hua Cheng Long says engineers will complete the stadium on schedule if all logistics are mobilized in time.

 

Hua says the company appreciates the co-operation it has received from government and the ministry of sports during the initial stages of the project. He was speaking in Lusaka on Tuesday when he received a team of eight engineers from China who are in the country.

 

And Ministry of Sports director in charge of sport, Bernard Nakachinda, welcomed the engineers on behalf of government. The Chinese government has contracted Anhui Construction Company to build an ultra mordent stadium in Ndola.

 

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