Emeralds Mines should tar roads in their areas of operations – Kabuswe

By Daily Star Reporter

Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Paul Kabuswe has urged Kagem Mine and Grizzly Mine to collaborate and tar the over 40-kilometer road which connects the Emerald restricted area to Kalulushi and Kitwe Districts.

Kabuswe said the road has been in a deplorable state and that it needs to be worked on as it connects the two mines to the rest of the Copperbelt.

He said for a long time now, the road has only been graded despite it being a very important road used by emerald mines and farmers.

Kabuswe said this recently when he conducted a familiarization tour of the two emerald mines in Lufwanyama District on the Copperbelt.

And Kagem Mine Board Chairman Sixtus Mulenga says the Mine has a life span over about 25 years.

Dr. Mulenga said Kagem Mine, which is the largest emerald producer in the world, is the only company which paid workers full salaries at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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