Ten People have been Killed and another 10 Injured after a Dumping Site for Copper Mining Waste Collapsed in Kitwe.

 

Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner; Charity Katanga has Confirmed the Incident Which happened this Morning (Wednesday) and at least 10 people have been confirmed dead.

 

Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) has been Forced to Halt Production in recent Years Due to Similar Fatal Incidents in the Copper-Rich Area, Which is also know for Illegal Mining Around the Dumpsites.

 

The Latest Incident Happened at Black Mountain Where Artisanal Miners have taken to Re-Mining the Waste Site for Copper and Other Metals.

 

In February the Government’s Mining Investment Arm Gave a 10 Percent Stake in the Waste Site to Small-Scale Miners to Empower Surrounding Communities Affected by Unemployment and Poverty.

 

There Remain, However, Serious Concerns about Safety Measures at the Site Which Continues to Suffer Periodic Collapses.

  

JUNE 20, 2018

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