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Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema’s Push to Bring Fresh Capital into the Mining Sector

After Mopani’s First Quantum move, it is the turn of Konkola Copper Mines to receive the treatment. According to its provisional liquidator, KCM will appoint an adviser to help it find an equity investor willing to fund the mine’s expansion. Zambia’s previous government put KCM into the hands of a liquidator in May 2019, triggering an ongoing legal dispute with Vedanta Resources, KCM’s parent company. The government at that time accused Vedanta of failing to honour licence conditions, including promised investment, charges which Vedanta has denied. The government takeover of KCM goes to an arbitration hearing in January 2023 in London. Firms invited to submit a proposal to act as adviser include international banks Citibank Investment Banking Group, Standard Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rothschild, Rand Merchant Bank and InvestEcon. the resumption of mining operations at a KCM open pit mine, saying the move was part of broader plans to improve operations before the government finds a new investor. KCM plans to spend $17 million on an annual maintenance shutdown of the Nchanga Smelter, which has an annual capacity of 311,000 tonnes of copper, said Nair said, who also announced other measures to expand output in the Konkola East operation.

SOURCE: THE AFRICA REPORT