Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has suspended operations at its Nchanga Mine following acts of vandalism.
Shapi Shachinda, Konkola Copper Mines Manager for Public Relations and Communications on Wednesday told media that the criminals cut a high voltage electricity cables disrupting operations.
The criminals stole at least 9 high voltage copper cables at the mines 11Kv sub- station, causing the ventilation shaft, which sucks air from the underground to stop functioning.
KCM has been forced to stop NUG operations to ensure the safety of the 991 work-force at the plant.
The incident comes on the backdrop of 200 metres of high voltage cabling theft recently, which was cut and stolen at the tailings leach plant.
Shachinda said the actual impact of the incident was yet to be quantified. KCM with the aid of police have launched internal investigation.
Meanwhile, market reports indicate that the copper price has continued its bullish trend trading at about US$6,351.