This from the pages of the Times of Zambia:

Large scale mining companies have invested US$1.4 billion in plant rehabilitation, expansion and in new technology in the last five years, President Mwanawasa has said.
Mr Mwanawasa said in Mufulira yesterday that the development had generated employment in the mining industry.
He was speaking when he commissioned the upgraded smelter at the Mopani Copper Mines (MCM).
Part of the $1.4 billion had been spent on other important projects that included the rehabilitation of the smelter at Nkana.
Others were the rehabilitation of tailings leach plant at Nchanga, rehabilitation of tank houses at Nchanga, upgrading of the smelter in Mufulira and the rehabilitation of the cobalt plant at Chambishi.
The smelter project under construction for the past two years had cost $190 million and would cost $290 million when fully completed.
The designed capacity of the Mufulira smelter upgrade project was more than double the capacity of the existing smelter.
It was designed to increase the concentrate treatment capacity of the existing smelter from 420,000 tonnes of copper concentrates feed per annum to more than 850,000 tonnes per annum.
The smelter was important in Mufulira, as it would help stem off the current export of concentrates to other countries for processing.
First Quantum Minerals (FQM) that was developing new mines would find the Mufulira smelter a convenient destination for their concentrates.
Meteorex, the owners of Chibuluma mine, had also acquired Sable Zinc in Kabwe and would be constructing a solvent extraction plant that would process copper ore from the DRC.
He was proud that small-scale mines such as Maamba and the Gemstone mines in Southern, Eastern and Copperbelt provinces also employed a large number of workers because of the favourable business environment.
ZCCM Investment Holdings had been given a mandate to take full control of the mines by buying all Government shares in the mines at a purchase price of $4.3 million.
Earlier, MCM chief executive officer, Tim Henderson, said the mine was now expected to produce 50,000 tonnes of additional copper a year for at least 20 years in Mufulira following the latest technological achievements
Since inception, MCM had invested close to K1billion in expansion of operations and created at least 8,000 new jobs.
Glencore chairman, Willy Strothotte, said production would now reach an annual rate of three million tonnes upon commissioning of the remaining new plants.