2015 Zambian Alternative Mining Indaba Report

November 20th, 2015

The 4th annual Zambian Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) was held earlier this year at the Ndola, in the Copperbelt province. Guided by the theme “our natural resources, our future, putting communities first” Zambian communities were the focus of this discussion. Over the years, the indaba has observed that the standard of living in Zambia has not significantly improved despite the continuous exploitation of natural resources. The aim then is to find a way to improve the lives of the people of these communities by using the county’s mineral advantage.


Southern Africa CSOs to play more active role in expanding and consolidating the EITI in the region

Representatives of civil society organisations from across the region came together in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, to discuss the role and contribution of CSOs towards the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) processes in the region



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Health: the Chibuluma mine hospital

When Chibuluma mine was bought by Metorex, they inherited both the public health department and Chibuluma mine hospital. However, shortly after privatisation, the company closed the public health department which was responsible for carrying out public health activities. According to Mr Alick Banda,  then Chief Health Officer, “the new investors didn’t see the need to maintain the public health function” (Interview, 8th May 2009). However, Metorex did maintain the Chibuluma mine hospital for its employees and their families and dependants.


Amafuta Yankalamu and Chendamaunga communities

Amafuta yankalamu and Chendamaunga communities are located west of Luanshya and in the peri-urban area.

The communities are located approximately 60km from Luanshya town and are in the outskirts of the town, they are adjacent to each other; the gravel road is what demarcates the two communities. The communities are affected by the development of the Mulyashi Mine Project in one way or another as they sit near the Mine.


(Water discharge from the Mine into the Farming Area)



Illicit financial flows impeding Zambia's economy

TAX Justice Network Africa says rampant illicit financial flows in Zambia's mining tax regime have continued to impede the country's economic growth.

In an interview at the just-ended Southern Africa Resources Watch organised workshop on the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) constituency building workshop, Tax Justice Network Africa policy and advocacy manager Savior Mwamba said Zambia was a clear case of how a resource-rich country was not benefiting from its mineral wealth due to illicit financial flows in its extractive sector.


SARW urges govt to keep an eye on KCM

SOUTHERN Africa Resource Watch says the government must keep an eye on KCM and act decisively to protect Zambians' interests in the mine.

Commenting on the protests by scores of people in London against Vedanta Resources, the majority shareholder in Konkola Copper Mines, Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) country coordinator, Edward Lange, said the mineral resources in Zambia were being literally looted because the mining communities and the country at large were not seeing tangible benefits.



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