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Diamond exploration in suspension. Catoca dismisses part of the workers

The Catoca Mining Company decided to partially suspend diamond mining in the new concessions. Part of the workers were also laid off. The measures were adopted as a form of prevention against Covid-19.

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The measures will remain in force until 11 April, revealed the company in a statement, cited by Angop. However, the company admits that they may be extended if the situation of Covid-19 in our country worsens.

In the communiqué, Catoca explains that only a few services will remain in operation: "The restrictions imply the stoppage of all production operations at Treatment Plant No. 1 (CT1), as well as the total stoppage of work on the Tchiafua, Gango and Luangue concessions, with only the safety of the installations and fixed means being taken into account," it reveals.

Although the number of workers to remain on the farm has been reduced, protective measures will be adopted: the workers will be isolated and the company's health unit, together with the Provincial Health Office, will monitor the workers to control the appearance of any symptoms.

The Catoca Mining Society operates the fourth largest diamond mine in the world. With more than five thousand workers, the company is responsible for more than 75 percent of the diamond production in our country.