Zambia is a major copper-producing nation. Here is how we contribute to the country and help support its people.
We mine for copper in Zambia through our majority shareholding in Mopani Copper Mines – situated in the north of the country near the city of Kitwe, in the African Copperbelt.
More than 4,500 people work at Mopani. We estimate that each of our employees has an average of eight dependants.
We have invested more than $1 billion in the Mopani mine since 2014 – extending its life by a further 25 to 30 years.
Safety is our top priority: in Zambia as elsewhere, we are committed to eliminating fatalities and injuries.
As part of our SafeWork programme, in 2016 we launched a safety campaign at Mopani called Doing it Right – aiming to clearly define our expectations and empower supervisors to put the SafeWork principles in place.
We also trained 3,799 employees in our SafeMining initiative in 2016.
We recognise that we need to put in further work to ensure each asset can identify fatal hazards – and establish effective measures to manage, mitigate or eliminate them.
In 2015, Mopani built an advanced Emergency Communication and Control Centre (ECCC) at the Nkana mine in Kitwe, to improve the co-ordination of emergency response.
The ECCC enables us to provide critical care to accident victims as soon as possible after a traumatic injury, on a 24-hour basis – in an effort to save lives.
When we took ownership of Mopani in 2000, it had been releasing 100% of its SO₂ emissions into the atmosphere for almost 80 years.
In 2014, we completed a $500 million, three-stage upgrade of the copper smelter at Mopani, and now captures more than 95% of its emissions – significantly improving local air quality.
We engage with community members on issues that affect them, including the impact of historical levels of SO₂ emissions.
Mopani has supported many public health initiatives – to help tackle problems such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and cervical cancer. Successes to which we have contributed include:
- In 2017, our indoor residual malaria sprat campaign targeted approximately 40,000 homes in Kitwe.
- The mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission rate at Mopani has dropped from 35% in 2005 to zero in 2013.
- Some 18,000 people were treated with anti-retroviral drugs – which treat HIV infection – at Mopani in 2014. Some 85% of these people were not associated with our operations.
We have contributed to infrastructure projects. For example, in 2016, Mopani led a business partnership to reconstruct the Mwekera bridge, which had collapsed after heavy rains.
After the work, we handed the bridge back to the community.