Zambia’s cabinet has approved a new royalty system that varies depending on the copper price as Africa’s second-biggest producer seeks to keep struggling mines open and limit job losses, government said on Wednesday. Mining companies operating in Zambia including Vedanta Resources and Glencore have cut thousands of jobs and closed copper shafts in recent months with prices near six-year lows.
Mining companies operating in Zambia including Vedanta Resources and Glencore have cut thousands of jobs and closed copper shafts in recent months with prices near six-year lows.
Zambia, officially called the Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, Africa, and the 39th largest country in the world after Chile. The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. Population is mainly around Lusaka, and also the Copperbelt province. On 24 October 1964, Zambia declared independence from British colonial rule. Zambia was also named the world’s fastest economically reformed country in 2010. Interestingly the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is headquartered in the capital Lusaka. It is no secret that the mining industry is the economic backbone of Zambia. Although Zambia is such a large producer of copper and cobalt in the world, 68% of the population live below the recognized poverty line.
Mining: Copper and Cobalt
Zambia is one of the major producers of Copper and Cobalt in the world. It is the seventh largest producer of Copper and generates around 3.3% of the world’s total production of copper. Zambia is the second largest producer of Copper in Africa. Zambia is the second largest producer of Cobalt coming in at 19.7% of total cobalt mined in the world. Not only does it have large quantities of CI-CO (Copper) deposits but also a wide variety of other metalliferous and non-metalliferous resources.
Exploration of copper started as early as the 1930’s, but since then other commodities have been explored and mined. As a byproduct of the mining, and production of copper significant quantities of selenium, silver, gold and platinum are produced. Lead, and Zinc was found in the carbonate-hosted deposits in Kabwe, it ranks as one of the highest zink, and lead deposits in the world.
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