ZEMA seizes manganese concentrate suspected in occupational disease


The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has officially seized the Manganese concentrate from Southern Africa Ferro Alloys Limited (SAFAL) in the Kanona area of Serenje District, a substance suspected to be linked to a strange disease associated with repeated occupational exposure.

During an on-site inspection at SAFAL plant on Friday March 17, 2023, ZEMA Director General Douty Chibamba announced the official seizure of the Manganese concentrate.

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Chibamba said under strict ZEMA supervision, SAFAL has been ordered to immediately send back the Manganese concentrate to the source in Kabwe.

Earlier, in November 2022, ZEMA stopped SAFAL from using and stock piling the Manganese concentrate at their plant when the first case of the strange disease was reported.

ZEMA stressed that the well-being of employees and the environment is of the utmost importance and will continue to enforce the Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2011.

Contributed by Augustine Sichula

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