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Zambra Environmental Management Agency



DECISION LETTER



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PROJECT BACKGROUND



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PRO]ECT TITLE:



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Proposed Jifumpa Mine in Kasempa District (Large Scale Prospecting Licence No



19623 HQ-LPL) by Ruida investments Limited

PROJECT PROPONENT:

Ruida Investments Limited



Plot No. 6838, Solwezi Road



Chinsola.

Contact Person:

Name: Wang Ruifeng

Designation: Country Director

Mobile Phone: 0966-898899



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PRO]ECT LOCATION:

The Jifumpa mine project site is located about 95km south of Kasempa Town in

Senior Chief Kasempa's area in Kasempa District, North-Western Province of

Zambia.



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DATE OF SUBMISSION BY PROPONENT:

June 03, 2015



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DATE OF CONSIDERATION BY AGENCY:

August 31, 2015



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DETAILS OF THE PROJECT:



Ruida investments Limited intends



to conduct mining and mining related activities at



Jifumpa Mine in lifumpa area of Kasempa District, North-western Province. Ruida

Investments Limited is the holder of an exploration licence numbered, 19623-HQ-LPL for

copper and cobalt exploration. The proposed project site covers a total area of 50

hectares.



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The proposed project operational phase will involve revamping of the operations at the

old Large-Scale Mining site using an incline to access the ore underneath in order to exploit

the rock that host copper mineralisation. The mining will be conducted using the hydraulic

excavators to mine the ore. The ore will then be transported to the surface and hauled to

the mlneral processing plant where it will be crushed, after which it will be milled before

being fufther processed to produce copper concentrate. The proposed project is expected

to last for.seven (7) years. However, the project lifespan is expected to be extended for

fufther exploration.

The major proposed project activities include site preparation, construction of the mine

main plant, site offices, workshop, laboratory and mining.

The major components for the proposed project are as follows:



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Underground mine; .

Waste rock dump;

Ore crushing station including coarse-crushing and fine-crushing, workshops, ore

transfer system and run-off-mine pad;

Fuel stcrage facilities;

Power generator;

Metallurgica I production area; and

Tailings storage facility.



The production capacity for the 1.5olo copper content sulphide copper ore at the proposed

Jifumpa Mine will be 1.7 million tonnes per annum. The copper ore will then be processed

using the floatation method to produce a concentrate of 280/o copper content with an

annual production capacity of 82,000 tonnes.



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DECISION BY AGENCY



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The project is approved subject to the following conditions:



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Ruida Investments Limited shall implement the project and all environmental

management commitments as stated in the Environmental Impact Statment

(EIS) with changes as proposed by the Zambia Environmental Management

Agenry (ZEMA) and any other conditions that may be issued thereafter.



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The project is approved for development and operation of the Jifumpa Mine in

Kasempa District under license No. '19623-HQ-LPL and related activities by Ruida

Investments Limited only.



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The storage and dispensing of fuel in respect of fuel storage and dispensing

facilities shall be done with written approval from the Energy Regulation Board.



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Ruida lnvestments Limited shall put in place and use appropriate piocedures for



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of mine waste including tailings, waste rock and overburden



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Ruida Investments Limited shall put in place and implement an appropriate,

elrective and efficient system for management of hazardous waste including used

oil, used gi'ease, used or expired batteries, health care waste, used or expired

fluorescent tubes/energy savers and materials contaminated by chemicals or

other substances.



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The project and related activities shall be conducted in such a way that people!

property, health and sources of livelihood shall not be damaged, affected or lost.

Where it is determined that the health of people, property or source of livelihood

is harmed, damaged or lost as a result of the! project and/or related activities,



Ruida Investments Limited shall be liable for payment

compensation and other forms of relief or replacement.



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Prior to commencement of the project and project related activities, Ruida

Investments Limited shall, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and

authorities such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the National

Heritage Conservation Commission, Kasempa District Council, Ministry of

Community Development and Social Welfare and Traditional Authorities,

appropriately compensate and/or relocate all persons to be affected by the

project.



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Ruida Investments Limited and the Resettlemenl Working Group shall ensure

that all affected people and assets are identified and relocated and/or

compensated according to a Resettlement Action PIan (RAP) and compensation

package agreed upon by all stakeholders.



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Ruida hvestmenls Limited shall sign consent forms with all Project Affected

Persons (PAPS) prior to implementation of the RAP.



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Ih case of future operational expansion programmesr Ruida Investments Limited

shall prepare a fresh RAP and identiFy all PAPs and assets accordingly, relocate

and/or compensate them based on compensation packages agreed upon by all

stakeholders.



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Ruida investrnents Limited shail put in place and initiate an open Cialogue and

conflict resolution system with affected persons. Project implementation by Ruida

lnvestments Limited shall commence only after all affected persons have been

compensated and/or relocated appropriately.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall ensure that the social economic status of the

affected people is improved lvhen relocated to the host area.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall ensure continue to provide support services to

the project-affected people throughout the lifespan of the mine.



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3.1.14 Ruida Investments Limited shall design the boreholes in consultation



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Depaftment of Water Affairs and shall maintain additional water boreholes in the

host areas at the rate of 1 borehole per 20 households.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall be responsible fo r maintenance



at the host site.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall install and operate appropriate, effective and

efficient facilities for monitoring, prevention and control of pollution of air,

soil/land and, surface and underground water in respect of all facilities including

the open pits, processing plant, waste rock and overburden dumps, workshops,

facilities for storage of materials, sewage and solid waste disposal facilities.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall install and operate appropriate, effective and

efflcient facilities for monitoring the effects of mine dewatering and operation of

any underground water abstraction facilities such as boreholes on the

underground regime especially underground water (drawdown effect) and

appropriate mitigation measures shall be put in place and implemented whenever

it is determined that mine dewatering and abstraction of underground water has

negative impacts on the underground regime.



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In collaboration with the Forestry Depatment, the Local authority and other

relevant stakeholders, Ruida Investments Limited shall put in place and

implement an appropriate and effective plan for offsetting loss of vegetation,



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fauna, habitats and forest products.

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Ruida Investments Limited shall only commence operations in protected areas

such as forest reseryes after obtaining appropriate written authorization from

institutions mandated to manage such protected areas such as the Forestry

Department.



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Ruida investments Limited shall preserve flora and fauna habitats in areas

project site that will not be used for mining and related activities.



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Ruida Investmenb Limited shall implement an appropriate plan for disposal of

waste from clearing of vegetation or cutting down of trees (vegetation).



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Ruida Investments Limited shall install and operate appropriate, effective and

efficlent dust suppression techniques and/or air pollution abatement equipment

or materials in all areas with potential to generate air pollutants.



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Ruida Investments Limited s hall put in place and implement an appropriate,

efficient and effective road t raffic management system within the mine area

and/or nearby places in orde r to minimize and control gen e

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3.1.24 Ruida Investments Limited shall install and use appropriate, effective



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efftcient facilities for monitoring and minimising levels of noise from the project

and related activities. Appropriate mitigation measures shall be put in place

where it is determined that noise levels have approached harmful state or can

result in harmFul impacts.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall install and use appropriate, effective and

efficient facilities for monitoring vibrations in respect of the project and related

activities. Appropriate mitigation measures shall be put in place and implemented

where vibrations result in harm and/or damage to life and property.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall put in place and implement an effective, efflcient

and adequate solid waste management system for management of waste to be



generated from the project and related activities. The waste management system

shall include appropriate collection, tieatment and disposal of waste at a licensed

waste disposal facility.



3.7.27 Ruida investments Limited shall collect, decontaminate and dispose of in an

environmentally sound and appropriate manner all contaminated waste to be

generated from the project and related activities.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall monitor the levels of radiation in and around the

project area; appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shall be provided



employees. Appropriate mitigation measures shall be put in place and

implemented where it is determined that radiation from project activities results

in harm, damage and/or destruction of the health or life of people.



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3.1.29 All radioactive materials or materials containing



radioactive substances shall be



handled appropriately.



Ruida Investments Limited shall ensure that ail incidences with potential to

pollute the environment and harm human beings are repoted to the Zambia

Environmental lvlanagement Agency immediately (within hventy four hours).



3.1.31 Ruida Investments Limited shall put in place and implement adequate

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measures to monitor, prevent and control soil erosion and siltation of



the nearby Lunga River

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Ruida Investments Limited shall prepare and implement an adequate and

appropriate emergency preparedness and response plan in respect of all

project components and activities; Ruida Investments Limited shall provide

appropriate equipment, materials and other resources required for

implementation of the plan.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall appropriately dispose of sewage using effective



and emcient methods.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall obtain applicable permits or licenses from the

Zambia Environmental Management Agency and comply in full with the

Environmental Management (Licensing) Regulations, 2013.



3.1.35 At decommissioning and closure, Ruida Investments Limited shall prepare and

submit an appropriate decommissioning and closure repoft outlining

implementation of all the environmental management commitments in respect of

the project for consideration by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency.



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Ruida Investments Llmited shall ensure that all hazardous waste is disposed of

appropriately by persons or companies that are licensed by the Zambia

Environmental Management Agency.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall not dump or bury waste indiscriminately within

project site; waste shall be disposed of at an authorised waste disposal site.



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Ruida InvestmentS Limited shall protect dambos/wetlands and other water

resources in and/or near the project area from unwarranted contamination or

pollution with products and waste from the project and related activities.



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Camp sites and sewage management facilities shall be constructed and operated



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in such a way that contamination of water resources shall be prevented and/or

appropriately controlled.



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recommends that Ruida Investments Limited to; Obtain any other



relevant authorizations such as those stipulated in



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the following:



The Explosives Act;

The Water Resources lvlanagement Act;

The Agricultural Lands Act;

The Workers Compensation AcU

The Public Health Act;

The Mines and Minerals Development Act;

The Public Roads Act;

The Town and Country Planning Act;

The Employment Act ;

The Ionizing Radiation Protection Act; and

The National Heritage Conservation Commission Act.



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hygiene, malaria, HiV/AIDS' and other



communicable and infectious diseases to employees.



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Put in place and implement environmentai, occupational health and safety policies



and procedures.



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Provide employees with appropriate fire-fighting equipment and train employees

in fire fighting and emergency response.



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Provide employe.,



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Obtain appropriate authorization and/or water rights from the Water Resources

Management Authority for utilization of water resources including abstraction of

water from water resources,



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Protect from damage and report all objects or sites of archaeological, traditional,

cultural or historical value discovered in the project site to an appropriate

institution such as the National Heritage Conservation Commission.



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Protective Equipment (PPE) and employees shall

undergo annual medical checkups.



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To consult with the appropriate traditional authorities on traditional and cultural

issues and other relevant issues.

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accordance with Section 15 of the

Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2011 allow inspectors from the Zambia

Environmental l4anagement Agency unrestricted entry to the project site at any

reasonable time with or without making prior notice throughout the project life



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The implementation of the project shall commence within three years from the

date of approval. Failure to commence implementation of the project within the

stated period shall render the Decision Letter invalid and Ruida Investments

Limited shall be required to re-submit the EiS for consideration.



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Ruida Investments Limited shall comply with erivironmental standards and/or

specific limits of particular pollutants as its responsibility. Thus, compliance with

Zambia Environmentai lvlanagement Agency recommended measures does not

abgolve Ruida Investments Limited from its responsibility if such measures do not

achieve compliance with environmental control standards.



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The Agency may suspend or cancel the Decision Letter without notice should

Ruida Investments Limited fail to comply with any of the approval conditions.



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