Mopani Copper Mines has been playing down the magnitude of the separation exercise with workers encouraged to take up the voluntary separation option.
In October the mining firm wrote to its workers encouraging them to consider going on voluntary separation of which only 46 have responded and were discharged in November.
Company Public Relations Manager Nerbet Mulenga said the company will continue to review production costs on its operations so as to work efficiently in the face of the current high operational costs.
“We have continued reviewing the costs throughout the life cycle of our operation to ensure the company can continue to operate efficiently, safely and sustainably in the face of the current high operational costs. In October 2018, Mopani launched a Voluntary Separation of Service exercise for employees who wished to take a voluntary separation package or go on early retirement,” he said.
“We have been open about this process, which has been communicated to employees and the Unions. Forty six of the employees who applied and met the criteria for voluntary separation of service were released in November 2018.”