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Spare the mines from load shedding, MUZ urges Zesco

By ANDREW MUKOMA

THE Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has appealed to Zesco to spare the mines on the Copperbelt and North-Western Province from the anticipated load shedding scheduled to start today.

MUZ president Joseph Chewe has observed that load shedding would affect production on the mines which are the largest contributors to the country’s GDP.

Mr Chewe said the country passed through such a situation some time back and knows the effects of load shedding.

Mr Chewe was speaking in an interview in Livingstone ahead of the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) meeting today

He said the mining sector is the back bone of the country’s economy.

And Mr Chewe has described 2022 as fair with regards to the mining sector’s growth production.

He said the year has seen the price of copper being stable and most mines managing to increase production as expected.

He attributed this to the industrial harmony that has been created between the mines, workers and the union.

Mr Chewe said that if the industrial harmony continues, then the country will be able to achieve the aspirations of the new dawn administration to reach three millions tonnes of copper production in the next 10 years.

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