Zambia ‘reject firm’s bid to suspend copper mining’

Zambia – Zambia has rejected a copper mining company’s proposal to suspend operations over the coronavirus pandemic.

Mopani Copper Mines, a subsidiary of Glencore Zambia, said it had proposed to halt operations because of low prices and the pandemic.

The company stopped operations in its mines in April, but resumed after being criticised by the government. It said it will appeal the decision as it continues with mining.

Zambia is one of Africa’s top producers of copper, and heavily depends on the world’s copper market, with global demand often having an impact on the country’s economy.

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