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Solwezi, Zambia and the mining industry

Kansanshi mine is in Solwezi, Zambia. It is the largest copper mine in Africa with two open pits, mainly producing copper and gold. The Kansanshi mine is owned and operated by a First Quantum subsidiary, Kansanshi Mining PLC.

Kalumbila Mine is the newest mine in Solwezi, Zambia. It is also known as the Trident project which is made up of the Sentinel mine and the Enterprise nickel project. It is also owned and operated by First Quantum Minerals which approved its construction in 2012. Construction of this Solwezi mine was completed in 2014 and the first production of minerals was achieved in 2015.

The Lumwana mine in Solwezi, Zambia is operated by Barrick Gold corporation which produced 287 million pounds of copper in 2015. It also produce cobalt, gold and uranium. Although Lumwana Mine was discovered in 1961, no serious mining was done there until Equinox Minerals Ltd became involved in 1999. Equinox was then bought by Barrick Gold.

Solwezi transport

Airports servicing Solwezi in Zambia are in Solwezi and Mwinilunga. There is the T5 main road and a new railway line is planned. This will be a 290km long new railway line connecting Chingola to the Solwezi mines, Kansanshi, Lumwana and Kalumbila. The idea is to provide better transport of minerals within Zambia.

Solwezi growth sectors

After the reopening of Kansanshi and Lumwana mine, Solwezi is attracting other sectors to the area. With the high growth population, Solwezi boasts growth opportunities for:

  • Construction - Solwezi has shortages of houses, schools and shops
  • Retail - in fact the construction of Solwezi City Mall, will be Zambia’s largest mall
  • Financial institutions - like banks and insurance
  • Education - there is a shortage of schools

Solwezi people

According to the national census in 2000, Solwezi has a population of around 266,000 people. The largest tribe in Solwezi is the Kaonde but there are also large numbers of people from the Lunda and Luvale tribe. Solwezi has a growing mix of people from all over Zambia, surrounding African countries and international countries.

Solwezi attractions

There are two main attractions in Solwezi. The Kifubwa Stream Rock Shelter has engravings dating back to the late stone age inhabitants of Solwezi. The second attraction is the Mutanda River with Mutanda falls and rapids.

Solwezi businesses

There are many established businesses in Solwezi. You can view some of them above.