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‘LOADED’ MINERS CAUTIONED

… Mopani workers should now invest wisel - MUZ

By KETRA KALUNGA

ALL miners at Mopani Mine have been paid the second installments of their accrued benefits and the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has pleaded with the miners to invest the money.

MUZ President, Joseph Chewe confirmed that the employees who applied and were eligible, have been paid.

This follows the release of US$15 million by the State after a series of protests by the miners over delayed payments.

Mr. Chewe said the workers now await the benefits that have started accruing beginning August 1, 2021.

He urged workers at Mopani to invest the money properly especially those who have few years before retirement to avoid rendering their families destitute.

“Let’s ensure that the money is invested properly because it’s part of the benefits especially those who are past 50 years and will be retiring in four, five years,” he said.

Mr. Chewe also warned the workers against borrowing for consumption to avoid being exploited by some lending institutions that don’t have flexible rates.

He described the situation at Mopani as a classic example in Zambia where workers are being given benefits whilst working.

Mr. Chewe said the benefits given to the workers as second installments are those accrued up to July 31, 2021

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