MMG To Introduce New Leadership Roles For Khoemacau


Chinese miner, MMG Limited which has acquired Khoemacau Copper Mining in a deal valued at nearly $1.88 billion has revealed its intentions to gradually introduce a small number of new leadership roles at the mine.

This was revealed by the company’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Andrea Atell who explained that the changes are meant to build engagement between the MMG management team including representation from its major shareholder, China Minmetals Corporation.

However, Atell could not clearly state whether the company will accede to Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU)’s advises to appoint a new CEO. The union accuses Johan Ferreira of perpetuating the poor working conditions at the mine, among them issues of safety and health standards and instances of harassment.

During its meeting with MMG in March, the union had advised the company that, for harmonious industrial relations to prevail at Khoemacau operations, the Hong Kong based mining company should consider the appointment of a new CEO to run the mine.

Responding to this publication’s questionnaire with regards to that consideration, Atell only said, “MMG’s operating model is to support the asset level management and we will support the local management team to continue strong operations and the growth of the operation.”

As for the concerns raised by the union of workers’ conditions of work; safety and health standards among other things, the company’s Head of Corporate Affairs assured that the Khoemacau management team will continue to consult with local employees and the union to understand and address the concerns. Atell emphasised that MMG’s first value and highest operating priority is the safety of its people and communities.

As the mine’s ownership changes brought some fear amongst employees from across all ranks especially on job security, Atell has assured that MMG’s focus is on expanding operations and generating employment opportunities.

“MMG appreciates the contributions made by the Khoemacau workforce to ensure its success in taking the site from a project through to operation. Our focus is now on building on this success to further develop the asset and create further employment opportunities,” Atell stressed.

With regard to their plans and future goals about mine, Atell noted that Khoemacau is a high-quality operation with a strong expansion case therefore their priority is ensuring a strong future for the asset, employees and the community. He indicated that their focus will be on optimising operations and conducting the necessary works to ensure they can progress the site’s expansion.

Meanwhile, the company’s senior management this week paid a courtesy call to President Mokgweetsi Masisi where the chairperson, Xu Jiqing rexpressed dedication to doubling Khoemacau’s production and transforming it into one of the most significant high-grade copper operations in Africa. He emphasized leveraging existing infrastructure and proven mining methods to increase production capacity. To achieve this, he said the mine would conduct a feasibility study to identify exploration opportunities.


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