Friday, December 16, 2016
In terms of its natural and mineral resources, Africa is the richest continent in the
world. This wealth of resources can serve as an engine for growth and
development of Africa’s economy and its people.
First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM) mining
operation in Kalumbila, Zambia showcases how the mining sector can stimulate
economic development, and promote environmental sustainability in Africa and
the world. FQM’s project is managed by the company’s subsidiary Kalumbila Minerals
Limited (KML) and includes copper and nickel mining activities in the country’s North-West
Miombo forests cover large parts of Zambia. Kalumbila Minerals use Wood-Mizer sawmills to unlock the value of these woodlands sustainably.
is truly leading the way in showcasing how mining companies can contribute to
local economic growth while responsibly caring for local natural resources.
Lappeman, KML’s Foundation Manager, shares that the company has emphasized the
employment of local people - “our Timber Recovery Project trained and currently
employs 70 local people, and only 9 skilled Zambians from other provinces had
to be hired to train up the employees from local communities” he shares.
KML’s log yard shows how much salvageable timber can be turned into high-value sawn products.
additional employment at KML has strengthened weak local economies. A small-scale
subsistence farmer growing cassava and maize on a three hectare plot is an
example of this. Before finding work at KML, the farmer was barely able to
support his family, only producing 50 bags of cassava and maize annually.
with the income from his new job, the farmer has had the means to expand his
farming activities. He has hired five workers, who now grow his crops, raising
his production to 75 bags per crop without fertilizer. The extra income has
also been invested in 5500 bricks for a new, 5-roomed house for his family.
farmer also benefits from KML’s conservation farming skills training program
that teaches farmers how to produce good crops that rely less on insecticides
and fertilizers that can be harmful and expensive to buy.
clearing for mining is usually done with bulldozers that remove the trees and
brush and reshape the land before mining can start. The loss of plant cover and
biodiversity and poorer soils make it less likely for an area to support future
removed trees are not utilised very efficiently. The timber is used to produce low
value charcoal or is simply burned. However, KML has implemented an innovative plan
to maximise profitability from their land-cleared timber, along with reforestation
timber recovery project includes a fully equipped sawmill and a furniture
factory where the sawn timber is turned into school furniture such as desks,
chairs and doors. These are distributed through KML’s social investment division,
the Trident Foundation, to schools throughout Zambia.
forest management program supplies local communities with indigenous trees for
replanting. Thinner trees that are harvested are used to fence off reforested
land and areas used to re-introduce game to the region.
that does not meet furniture grade will be used for timber sleepers that the mine’s
water pipeline will rest on, instead of concrete, so a less expensive and
Sawmilling can protect Africa’s timber
cuts land-cleared logs into sawn timber with a complete sawmill line from
Wood-Mizer. Harvested logs that meet the right requirements are first transported
to the company’s log yard to wait for processing.
Wood-Mizer LT20B electric sawmills are used to square the logs into cants,
which then pass through two Wood-Mizer HR200 single head resaws that cut the
cants into boards at the required thicknesses.
Primary log breakdown is done with a pair of LT20B sawmills.
HR200 resaws also process the slabs into boards with waney edges. The resawn
slabs then pass through a Wood-Mizer EG300 twin-edge board edger that removes both
waney edges in one pass.
Two Wood-Mizer HR200 resaws cut slabs into boards with waney edges. Sitting behind them, the EG300 twin blade edger removes both waney edges in one pass.
important part of the sawmill is the saw shop where the blades are sharpened
saw shop has a Wood-Mizer BMS500 industrial sharpener that sharpens the blades
to factory standards in a simple and convenient way. The BMS500 is designed for
high-production sawmills that sharpen blades continuously. A Wood-Mizer BMT300 industrial tooth setter
then sets the blade teeth to the needed set specifications.
and BMT300 enable KML to sharpen and set their blades to the highest
specifications. This allows them to cut very hard timber species into high
quality boards easily and efficiently.
Because KML maintain their own blades, less money is spent on buying new blades or paying contractors to service blades – decreasing costs and improving productivity.
ability to maintain their own blades means less money is spent on buying new
blades or paying contractors to service blades – decreasing costs and improving
High quality, furniture-grade boards ready for shipment to a furniture factory.
sawmill enables KML to take full advantage of the value their timber offers, and
care for their environment more profitably and sustainably.
case gives more credence to the fact that Africa must learn how to use its
resources responsibly to improve African lives and economies first, before
those resources are allowed to leave the continent. Turning logs into valuable
sawn timber benefits people, grows the continent’s economy and can inspire
people to protect and replant Africa’s timber reserves to support life now and
into the future.
– For Timber, For People.
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