FOURTY-SIX Mopani Copper Mines workers have left after applying for voluntary separation from the mining giant. Mopani has been reviewing the company’s cost structure and in October this year asked employees that wanted to separate with full packages to voluntarily apply. In a statement, MCM public relations manager Nebert Mulenga dismissed as inaccurate stories making rounds that huge numbers of employees were being retrenched.
Mulenga stated that the exercise was being done to ensure that the company continued operating efficiently.
“Mopani Copper Mines Plc can confirm that we have continued reviewing the costs throughout the life cycle of our operation to ensure the company can continue to operate efficiently, safely and sustainably in the face of the current high operational costs,” he explained.
“In October 2018, Mopani launched a Voluntary Separation of Service exercise for employees who wished to take a voluntary separation package or go on early retirement. We have been open about this process, which has been communicated to employees and the unions. 46 of the employees who applied and met the criteria for voluntary separation of service were released in November 2018.”
Mulenga explained that Mopani’s priority was to optimise operations and ensure the mine provided a return on investment and long-term benefits for all stakeholders.
“The stories currently circulating, reporting large numbers of retrenchments are inaccurate. We are looking forward to the fruition of our investments in three new shafts (Synclinorium, Mindola Deep and Henderson Shaft in Mufulira) and a new concentrator. Once all projects are fully commissioned we will improve our production levels, efficiencies and safety, in addition to extending the life of the mines,” stated Mulenga.