Kagem Mining has suspended principal operations at its emerald mine in Lufwanyama to safeguard employees during the Coronavirus pandemic. “The wellbeing of Kagem’s employees and communities is our overriding priority. As a result, all but critical operations at the Kagem emerald mine have been suspended from 30 March 2020 for what is hoped to be a period not exceeding one month,” said Kagem Board Chairman Dr Sixtus Mulenga. Almost 1,000 people are employed at Kagem, which is operated by Gemfields in partnership with the Zambia government through the Industrial Development Corporation, which owns 25% of the business.
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