$60 million manganese smelter progressing
Construction of a US$60 million Zambia Manganese Corporation Smelter at Pansulo in Serenje has reached an advanced stage. Zambia Manganese Corporation Smelter general manager Leon Erasmus told the environmental impact assessment meeting held at Mupando Secondary School recently that the manganese smelter will create about 146 jobs to benefit the local community.
Mr Leon said once the factory starts its full operations, it will uplift the local community with some developmental programmes which will help contribute to improved service delivery in health, education, and agriculture among other sectors.
He said the country has 15 million tonnes of high quality manganese on global demand in places like Luapula, Muchinga and Central provinces which can be utilised by serious investor. At the same function, Chief Kabamba of the Swaka people of Serenje thanked the company for coming up with such a programme in the area, adding that it will help create employment for the local people.
Chief Kabamba said the project is testimony of the confidence investors have in the country’s economy which can largely be attributed to the good investment climate created by Government. “The Patriotic Front government is elated with projects of this kind because they are in line with the mandate of creating employment and reducing poverty in Zambia and this in turn will translate into more money into people’s pockets,” he said.
The traditional leader urged his subjects not to engage themselves in theft and vandalism, for the project to be a success story.
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Source: Government of Zambia