President Rupiah Banda will tomorrow (Monday) travel to the Coperbelt to officially open the Chambishi Copper Smelter.
State House spokesperson Dickson Jere said in a statement that president Banda will be accompanied by acting mines minster Peter Daka and other government officials.
According to Jere, the smelter is expected to employ over 600 Zambians.
“The President will travel to Chambishi on Monday, 19th October 2009, to officially launch the smelter which is owned by the Chinese firm – China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Limited and has the capacity to produce 150,000 copper blister per annum,” he said.
He said the President will return to Lusaka immediately after launching the Smelter.
In March this year, Chambishi Copper Smelter (CCS) fired 89 workers and rehired 347 others after a strike and riots last week.
The company originally fired all 500 workers but agreed to rehire staff after a screening process to identify the leaders of riots over pay and service conditions that left property damaged and a Chinese manager injured.
CCS company secretary Sun Chuanqi and National Union of Mining and Allied Workers (Numaw) General Secretary Albert Mando separately confirmed that 89 workers were sacked.