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COVID-19 IMPEDES GOLD PRODUCTION AT KANSESELI MINE

By KETRA KALUNGA

PRODUCTION at the Kanseseli gold mine in Mwinilunga has been hampered by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic which has led to delays in the importation of machinery, the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mine – Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH) has said. 

ZCCM-IH last month said it was expected to increase production of gold as it continues with exploration works to assess how much gold is available at the mine.

The company’s Public Relations Manager, Ms Loisa Mbatha Kakoma said in an interview that production was expected to increase after the installation of the processing machinery.

Ms Kakoma however said the installation of the machinery has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic which affected the quick arrival of the equipment in the country.

“Production was going to increase based on the installation of the bigger processing capacity machinery, we are still working to install the machinery, we have just been delayed by the Covid-19 situation,” she said.

She said the installation of the machinery was however expected to be completed this month adding that the exploration works are still ongoing.

ZCCM-IH through its Zambia Gold Company oversees the mining, processing, refining, and marketing of gold in Zambia.

The company owns 51 percent of shares in the mine while the government through the Ministry of Finance has 49 percent shares.

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