Working and living on-site
The number of employees at Sentinel is steadily growing as the site becomes a fully operational mine. It began with 40 to 50 people living in brick huts with grass roofs. There are currently many people on-site, and this is expected to grow significantly when the mine hits peak production.
Sentinel is one of the first mines to be established on the Western side of the Copperbelt. Solwezi is 176 kilometres east of the site, and Mwinilunga is 120 kilometres west.
The expansion of First Quantum’s mining operations in Zambia, through Sentinel, provides exciting career opportunities for both existing and potential employees. Zambians and expatriates who are motivated by relocating to Sentinel and helping to drive the success of a new mine will enjoy the experience of discovering a great African region.
Many jobs are being created for local people. The majority of people we currently employ on Sentinel are construction workers. When the mine becomes operational, there will be plenty of exciting opportunities for career growth.
Eventually there will be 900 homes on-site, and Sentinel, like Kansanshi, will have all of the equivalent facilities of a small town. The Trident Clinic – which serves Sentinel, Enterprise and Intrepid – has already been built, and offers a full range of health services.
The full extent of social clubs and activities at Sentinel is still being determined and will evolve as the site matures.