Central to our strategy is maintaining low cost operations. We have consistently remained in the lowest cash cost quartile for copper production at Kounrad and are confident that our copper equivalent costs, including zinc and lead production from Sasa, will remain highly competitive by industry standards.
As a result of our low cost, cash generative Kazakhstan operations and the inclusion of Sasa into our portfolio, we have now returned to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks $129 million.
employees at Kounrad, Kazakhstan
Our 2017 acquisition of the Sasa mine has resulted in:
employees at Sasa, Macedonia