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Kagem pioneer emeralds traceability tech

Kagem has pioneered high-tech tagging system to tag and trace emeralds Commissioned during the Lusaka Auction, nanotechnology system invented by Swiss gemstone testing laboratory Gübelin Gem Lab is set to revolutionise the gemstone industry. The breakthrough technology uses customised synthetic DNA-based nano-particles that are infused by gentle rocking into the …

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Kariba South extension on track

International engineering company Hatch developing the Kariba South Extension Project on the Zambezi River has revealed that the project is 85% complete. Hatch said the massive project is on track for completion in March 2018. The flagship infrastructure project was initiated by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) due to an …

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Mining, agriculture spur economic growth

Positives economic activities are expected to spur the country’s economic growth, according to finance minister Felix Mutati’s 2018 budget forecast. Mutati said continued rebound is expected to push economic growth to above 4.0 percent for the year 2017, above 3.8 recorded in the previous year. The minister said the key …

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1000 KCM workers’ future remains in limbo

Government has stopped Konkola Copper Mines’ outsourcing intentions, until negotiations with the unions are concluded. Kampamba Mulenga, chief government’s spokesperson recently told media that government will only intervene in the matter when the two parties finalise their discussions. KCM intends to transfer 1,000 workers to contractors but Mulenga said moving …

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Specialist helps mines save on maintenance costs

More and more mines are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition monitoring specialist WearCheck. The company provides condition monitoring services in Central Africa through its two Zambian laboratories …

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Chingola’s disused mine land gets regeneration

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and BetterWorld Energy Zambia have started rehabilitation of disused mine-land outside the Copperbelt town of Chingola. The project funded in partnership with donor agencies and other financial institutions, will see the planting of 400 000 of the trees over the next three years. The disused mine-land …

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Now legal to pan for gold – Chilufya

Government has announced intentions to issue two-year permits to small scale gold panners. The development comes, following the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development’s (MMMD) plans to make legal the ancient method of gold mining. Willy Chilufya, Head of Mineral Economics at MMMD recently declared that issuing gold panning certificates …

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