MANAGEMENT at Baluba Mine is considering shutting down mining activities at its shaft in 2022.
China Non-Ferrous Metal Company (CNMC)’s Luanshya Copper Mines (LCM) Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kamanga made the announcement.
“The company is undertaking explorative works and we will open up alternative mines before the closure of Baluba to an Open-Pit mine, very close to Baluba mines of which Mashiba mine is one of the possible mines to commence mining activities within the course of this year or sometime next year and that should be able to accommodate some of our current workforce working at Baluba mines,“ said Mr Kamaga.
The LCM has exhausted all copper deposits at the mine, hence the decision to close mining activities at the end of next year, but that the company is critically looking at other possibilities for both immediate and future mining activities.
Baluba mine is (CNMC) LCM’s largest employer in the district with about 3000 employees whose jobs hang in the balance once the mine closed down.