Lusaka-19-02-2018-All major mines on the Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces have been migrated from manual monthly minerals production reporting to electronic submission of reports.
According to the letter to major mining companies by Director of Mines in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development (MMMD), Mr. Mooya Lumamba, starting with the December 2017 production returns, all monthly mineral production reports are to be delivered digitally using the Online Mineral Production Reporting System.
Mr. Lumamba has stated that the digitally delivered returns would be the only official mode of delivery of reports and any mining company that fails to comply will be liable in accordance with the Mines and Minerals Development Act No. 11 of 2015.
“Owing to the success of the pilot, I would like to inform you that starting with the December 2017 production returns, all your monthly mineral production returns are to be delivered digitally using the MOSES (Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System) only,” Mr. Lumamba’s letter partially read.
It adds: “Please note that this is now the official mode of delivery and any report that will not be submitted in the system by the said date will be considered missing, and your company liable, pursuant to section 108 (2) and (3) of the Mines and Minerals Development Act No. 11 of 2015. Therefore, there will be no need for you to submit paper reports going forward”.
The migration of mines to electronic reporting is a major milestone achieved under the Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project (MVCMP) and the Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project (MPMSP) that have been tasked to develop an integrated Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES).
The mines that have been migrated are FQM’s Kalumbila Copper Mine and Kansanshi Copper and Gold Mine, Mopani Copper Mines, Konkola Copper Mine, Chibuluma Copper Mine, Chambishi Metals, Chambishi Copper Smelters, Luanshya Copper Mines, Lubambe Copper Mines, Lumwana Copper Mining, , Sino Metals and NFCA Copper Mining Company.
And Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Commissioner for Modernisation and Corporate Strategy Dingani Banda has applauded the migration of all major mining companies to electronic mineral production.
“This is a great milestone in achieving the Government’s objective of having an integrated electronic system for reporting production and issuance of export permit for the mining sector and we are optimistic that the multi-institutional Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES) which has been implemented under the projects will sustainably serve this objective for Zambia,” said Mr. Banda.
He added: “We are hopeful that the key components of the system, that is the Mineral Production Monitoring, the Mineral Export Permit Application Systems and some of the interfaces with other key systems will be fully developed and launched before end of the first quarter of 2018”.
Issued By Kunda Mwila
MVCMP Communications Consultant