SMM7 3: Glencore (Glencore) under the Congo KOV open copper and cobalt mine illegal miners refused to leave the mine, and clashed with the police.
On June 27, the KOV open-pit copper and cobalt mine in (KCC), the mining area of Glencore (Glencore) 's Kamoto copper company, partially collapsed, killing at least 43 illegal miners.
In response to the accident, the Congolese interior minister said he would expel all illegal miners from Glencore (Glencore) 's KOV open-pit copper and cobalt mine by Sunday.
Police say they have begun closing down illegal trading sites around the copper mine and will send troops if the situation requires it.
At present, the mine is still in normal operation.
The mine is one of Zambia's largest copper mines, with KCC producing 152400 tons of copper and 11100 tons of cobalt last year. Glencore's nearby Mutanda project produced 199000 tons of copper and 27300 tons of cobalt last year.
Artisanal mining on the edge of commercial mining areas is a major problem for the whole of Africa. Outdated and unregulated mining methods used by miners tend to endanger safety, so mining accidents in the Congo alone kill dozens of people each year. "related news-the Government of the Congo: all illegal miners at Glencore Mine will be driven out this week
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