Canadian mining giant, First Quantum Minerals Limited, on Friday welcomed the Zambian government’s move to lift a ban on night driving for trucks, saying it would improve operations of the mining firms.
On Wednesday, Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba announced the lifting of the ban imposed last year in a bid to reduce the number of fatal road traffic accidents.
He however said the ban would remain in force for buses while trucks have been allowed to move at night.
Kingsley Chinkuli, general manager of the Canadian firm’s Zambian unit, said the announcement was welcome as the ban on the night-time movement of freight and goods vehicles had severely hampered the mining firm’s operations.
The Canadian mining giant, which operates Kansanshi and Sentinel Mines in northwestern Zambia, produces around half of the country’s copper production and between 40-50 truckloads of copper concentrates and at least 30 truckloads of finished copper are transported every day from its operations.
The official added that the firm has invested 5.7 billion U.S. dollars in its two mines and a smelter and has paid more than 3 billion dollars in taxes in the last 12 years. Enditem