Namibia suspends mining operations as pandemic-led lockdown takes effect


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Namibia suspends mining operations as pandemic-led lockdown takes effect

On Saturday, the 28th of March 2020, the Government of Namibia of PM Saara Kuugongelwa, who took the office back in the March of 2015 as the Southern African nation’s fourth Prime Minister, had announced a decree to halt all mining operations in the country for the next three week, as the resource-rich fourth-largest exporter of non-fuel minerals in the African continent had entered in to its first day of partial lockdown.

On top of that, Tom Alweendo, the Mines and Energy Minister of the southwest African country bordered with Botswana in the east alongside a vast Atlantic coast line in the west, which had mined roughly 480 kilograms or 2.4 million carats of natural diamond last year but failed to avert an economic contraction, said in a statement on Saturday (March 28th) that all mining activities would be discontinued during the nationwide partial lockdown expected to last until April 16th.

In point of fact, as the mining sector in Namibia usually generates nearly half of the tiny Southern African nation’s FX revenues and accounts for a tenth of the country’s entire Gross Domestic Product, the country’s recent move to suspend all of its mining activity would likely to worsen the outlook further of its recessed economy, which had witnessed a contraction of 0.7 per cent last year.