Chambishi Metals shutsdown, sends workers home

Chambishi Smelter
Chambishi Smelter

Chambishi Metals in Kalulushi has temporarily shut down its Cobalt plant and sent 170 workers home for 3 months.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hira Singn said that the mine has temporarily suspended its Cobalt production for three months due to non-availability of Cobalt feed to the plant.

Dr Sign explained that the 170 workers will be sent on leave for 3 months but will get their full pay.

Dr Sign was speaking at a meeting with Mine Workers Union of Zambia, management and area Member of Parliament Rayford Mbulu at Chambishi Metals yesterday.

Mine Workers Union (MUZ) President Chishimda Nkole said he is happy that the workers are going home with a full pay for three months and will still have their jobs after the three months suspension.

Mr Nkole has urged the workers to remain calm as no one will lose their jobs during the three months.

Area Member of Parliament (MP) Rayford Mbulu said contrary to reports that the mine is closing, the investment was to stay and people will still have their jobs.

He has urged the community in Chambishi to remain calm as management at the mining firm resolves the issue.