By Scoop Reporter
MOPANI Copper Mines says the process for making the ex gratia payment to eligible contractor employees is underway with approximately 800 individuals having received their first payment already.
In law, an ex gratia payment is a payment made without the giver recognising any liability or legal obligation.
In a statement to the Scoop this morning, Mopani Copper Mines, Public Relations Manager, Nebert Mulenga, confirmed the development saying the company is on course to ensuring that all the workers eligible receive their payments.
“Following resumption of operations, Mopani Copper Mines Plc stated that it would, in respect of mining contractors that had not been recalled during the 90 days’ notice period, make a voluntary payment directly to contractor employees who had worked continuously at Mopani during the first quarter of 2020 and were in service at the time of the contractor company’s contract termination.
“Mopani Copper Mines Plc can confirm that the process for making the ex gratia payment to eligible contractor employees is well underway and to this point approximately 800 individuals have received their first payment.
“We acknowledge that delays have been experienced in the processing of the payments via our banking partner and this is due to the implementation of safety measures required during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of all involved in this exercise is our top priority,” Mr. Mulenga said.
He says Mopani are reviewing the progress of payments on a daily basis with the bank and have now also set up an additional banking partner to help speed up the payment process.
“We therefore urge all beneficiaries to remain calm and exercise patience while the process is completed in accordance with the relevant health and safety guidelines,” he said.