More than 270 workers at the Skorpion Zinc Mine in southern Namibia will be retrenched, the company said Wednesday.

The mine is owned by Vedanta Plc that belongs to the Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) group.

In a statement Wednesday, the mine management said they were supposed to cease operations in 2015 but decided to extend the mine’s life to 2017 through outsourcing some of the operations to a company called Basil Read Namibia.

As part of prolonging the mine’s lifespan, the company said it would expand Pit 112 with immediate effect to save more than 1,500 jobs.

The company said the retrenchments are a result of the outsourcing of some of the mining operations and that the affected workers are from the mining department.

The retrenched employees, the statement said, will receive favorable retrenchment packages and be given preference for employment by Basil Read Namibia.

According to the statement, the outsourcing model will result in the employment of an additional approximately 172 people for at least three years. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh