Kalumbila mine confirms 1,480 workers will lose jobs due to load shedding

First Quantum Minerals will lay off around 1,480 workers at one of its Zambian copper projects after a reduction in its power supply curbed production, its local subsidiary said on Sunday.

“Regrettably a reduction of approximately 1,480 construction jobs will be brought forward at the Trident Project within the first weeks of August,” Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML) said in a statement.

Zambian power utility Zesco Ltd is limiting supplies  due to poor planning by the government.

But the government has maintained that power load shedding will have no impact on the mines or national Domestic Product.

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