OUTSOURCING : THE KCM STORY

OVERVIEW AND BACKGROUND.

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.
THE ZAMBIAN SCENARIO
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)?

1. OUTSOURCING OF CORE BUSINESS .

(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.
2. OUTSOURCING DUE TO LACK OF SKILLED MANPOWER .

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.
3. OUTSOURCING OF LABOUR
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.
THE TRADE UNIONS .

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.
CONCLUSION .
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.

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REMOVAL OF SUBSIDIES SINCE 2013 WHERE TO NOW

THROW BACK 2013
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE :
Media Statement for Immediate Release
PRESIDENT SATA ON THE REMOVAL OF FUEL
SUBSIDY
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
populace.
“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
Zambians.”
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
manifesto.
Issued by:
GEORGE CHELLAH
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
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 .

THE CRAZY JOB APPLICATION

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teacher,mr phiri teaching me is jeros of
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guard to you company and i tell u am 1 of
that job experience for two years,i shoot
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POWER OF NOW

A beggar had been sitting by the side of a
road for over thirty years. One day a
stranger walked by.
“Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar,
mechanically holding out his old baseball
cap.
“I have nothing to give you,” said the
stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you
are sitting on?”
“Nothing,” replied the beggar, “Just a box. I
have been sitting on it for as long as I can
remember.”
“Ever looked inside?”
“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point?
There is nothing in there.”
“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open the lid.
With astonishment, disbelief and elation,
he saw that the box was filled with gold.
I am that stranger who has nothing to give
you and who is telling you to look inside.
Not inside a box, as in the parable, but
somewhere even closer: inside yourself.
“But I am not a beggar,” I can hear you
say.
Those who have not found their true
wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being
and the deep, unshakable peace that
comes with it, are beggars.
They are looking outside for scraps of
pleasure or fulfillment, for validation,
security, or love, while they have a
treasure within that not only includes all
those things but is infinitely greater than
anything the World can offer.
-Eckhart Tolle-
( From his book the POWER OF NOW)

CHOOSING SOCIAL MEDIA OVER SAVING A LIFE .

In my five years of commuting  between towns for work, i have witnessed the number of cars on our Zambian high ways grow exponentially, its has grown as fast as the social media frenzy .

Just yesterday whilst going for work we came across a Zimbabwean registered truck which went of the high way and was only stopped by a tree which was in front of it , luckily the driver escaped unhurt.  Most people we found on the scene had a phone in their hands or some sort of hand held devices taking photos or videos.

Hardly a month ago we witnessed Truck belonging to Chat Milling which  lost control hitting into an anthill, they were a total of 7 passengers including the driver, it happened before our very eyes as the truck was just in front of us, it was so tragic that the car had to turn around facing the direction it was coming from, all the people in the truck had some fractures and dislocations, Surprisingly after we went out to assist the casualties, so people where just busy taking photos and videos whilst they stood afar, which begged these  questions ” Are all these people journalists? , Are they taking these photos to send to media houses? Or its just for the sake of being the first to share the photos and videos on sharing sites or even social media? ”

It took a few courageous people to help the casualties, as most of them had cuts and where bleeding, as we all never had surgical gloves or any form of hand protection , to prevent us from getting any blood transmitted infections from the casualties, but we did it for a good cause, helping humanity despite the health risks involved, while other people where busy uploading photos to their profiles.

Ever since then it has made me wonder is it of any benefit being  the first to share the photographs on sharing sites than helping save the life of the casualties. Am glad that my phone stayed in my pocket and i administered first aid to some of the casualties, saving a life of a family man , a bread winner and a tax payer.

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING IN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Its so surprising more than a
decade after leaving high
school, guidance and
counseling is still not given that
much attention in government
schools.
Today if your where you ask a
school leaver on which options
or just the career they would
want to pursue one would be
surprised , some have even
more than five career options
which may not be even be
related, clearly showing lack of
direction.
I think the government must
employ fulltime guidance
counselors in all public
secondary schools rather than
having a teacher who does it
parttime, just after classes,even
bring in professionals from
various fields to tell the
students on different career
prospects .