The definition of outsourcing in business is an agreement one company contracts-out a part of their existing internal activity to another company, it involves contracting out of a business e.g. payroll processing. The concept “ outsourcing “ came from American glossary ‘outside sourcing ‘ and it dates back to 1981 outsourcing sometimes, not always involves transfer of employees and assets from one firm to another.
Two organisations may enter into a contractual agreement involving exchange of services, expertise and payments, outsourcing is said to help firms perform well to their core business and/or competence. Outsourcing can offer greater budget flexibility and allows organisations pay for the services and functions they need and when they need them “Do what you do best and outsource the rest “.
It is used by several entities globally like certain companies in the shoe sector my outsource the making of the sole to a specialized company and also the tannering of the animal hide to another then they come and just complete the assembling of the shoes and hence reducing cost of resourcing labour and other cost implications.
According to the core business of Konkola copper mines involves extracting of ore and mineral processing up to the smelting phase, now the question which begs more answers than anything else.
1. Are they outsourcing their primary core businesses or part of it?
2. Is due to lack of skill of expertise or any other arterial motive which is only known by them?
3. Are they also outsourcing labour (since they say all jobs are secure for all current employees)?


(i) Among the core business is the mineral processing plants i.e. The concentrator and tailing leach plant the Nchanga concentrator engineering department is run by Africa Mechanical Super lift , this plant was the first to be placed under outsourcing as far back as 2010 and the workforce then was taken over by FL SMIDTH which in about two years’ time failed to continue citing erratic payments by KCM , their came in a new contractor ONSHORE which took over but failing to keep the FL SMIDTH employees ( who were once KCM employees) saying their remuneration was too high and their salary have to reduced most people left and they had to bring in workforce from India and college graduates with little or no work experience .
(ii) Then comes the tailings leach plant which we hear has been planned to be outsourced to little known MANOPEX of South Africa.
(iii) Konkola’s number four shaft which is planned to be outsourced to JCHX of China their contract involves extraction and transportation of the ore.

If they say they have they want to outsource due to lack of expertise then that is a blue lie (refer to point 2(i) above ) they have the best man power at different levels hence a very productive work force but partially demotivated by its management, as compared to the semiskilled Asian workforce we see around, so that reason does not hold water if it’s about specialised equipment most of the equipment by the said contractors are rebuild machines which cannot operate a shift without a break down.
The management briefs said the jobs of the employees are safe but how possible is it that a permanent employee who is employed by the parent company can be reporting to a supervisor who is from a contracting company they can be a clash of interests where as they can be disciplinary actions every day taken against the KCM employees where on the labour laws or mining regulations does that apply? Because the norm is a KCM employee supervising a contractor, so that is indirectly outsourcing labour before we know it will all be contracted work force.

For a long times the unionised workers had been betrayed by the trade unions who had gone to bed with the management allowing the management not to be effecting salary increments citing losses by the company. The trade unions never took the time to update their members on the status of the negotiations only to realise no meaningful increment now that the outsourcing of the labour in the thousands means the trade unions will loose a significant number of members hence now their voices can be heard not that they are fighting for the workers , management knows they are too weak to fight them they are simply protecting their interests because if they had their members at heart they wouldn’t have been doing what they have these past 5 years.
We guess the $1 Billion capital injection promised by the Vedantta chairman Anil Agarwal in the meeting he had with our head of state came with conditions one of them being outsourcing of its labour.



Media Statement for Immediate Release
LUSAKA, Thursday, May 2, 2013 – His Excellency,
Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic
of Zambia, has said the removal of the subsidy on
petroleum products will enable the state to have
more finances available for spending and guarantee
proper implementation of all government
programmes and projects.
President Sata said it is necessary that the subsidy
on petroleum products, which has been a burden on
state coffers for a longtime, is removed and
consequently the price of fuel adjusted upwards in
order to attract wider social benefits for the general
“In 2012 alone, the Treasury redirected resources
amounting to KR754 Million (K754 Billion) from
implementation of other government programmes
and activities in the Budget to finance the fuel
subsidy,” the Head of State said.
“For the 2013 budget, the Government has already
paid a sum of KR571.5 Million (K571.4 Billion) in
fuel subsidies as at 18th January, 2013. It is
estimated that more than K1.1 Trillion (KR1.1
Billion) will be paid in 2013 as subsidies if no
adjustment is made to the price build up and/or the
pump price.
“Our people may wish to know that the estimated
K1.1 Trillion (KR1.1 Billion) subsidy can go a long
way in financing the construction of more than 100
new rural primary schools or over 120 new rural
health centres to help the majority marginalized
The President has further explained that these funds
are diverted from expenditure on social sectors and
infrastructure development that if spent would have
accelerated poverty reduction and employment
creation especially for the youths.
“The removal of the subsidy will make more
finances available for spending and guarantee job
creation and the development of infrastructure such
as schools, universities, hospitals as well as the
Link Zambia 8000 project, which will open up the
rural areas for increased trade and investment,”
President Sata said.
“The decision will also make funds available for the
upgrading of the Indeni Oil Refinery to enable it
process pure crude oil, which is cheaper to import
and will result in cheaper imports by about US$10
Million while providing other by-products to be used
in the plastic, road and fertilizer industries. I believe
the overall short and long-term benefits to
Zambians of this action, outweighs by far any
perceived negative consequences.”
President Sata said in its pursuit to improve the
livelihood of all Zambians, the PF government
remains committed to ensuring that there is a
transparent and equitable distribution of resources
to all sectors to facilitate greater economic growth.
Meanwhile, President Sata is this Friday [tomorrow]
expected to flag off the commencement of the
construction of the 61Km Chalimbana Road project.
This is another project under the Link Zambia 8000,
which will provide a shorter route to the Leopards
Hill Road passing through Chiawa to Chirundu.
The same day, the Head of State is also expected
to lay a foundation stone for the construction of
Chalimbana University.
This is part of President Sata’s vision to overhaul
and develop the education system by increasing the
number of public universities as espoused in the PF
Issued by:
PRESS AND PUBLIC. Now the question is from 2013 after the partial removal of subsidies have the Zambian people benefitted ? what assurance does the ordinary man on the street have that he or she will benefit from the removal of subsidies in 2016 , only posterity will judge us .