Kagem

Emerald Mine

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Kagem, Zambia

Kagem Emerald Mine,
Zambia

Overview

The Kagem emerald mine is the world’s single largest producer of emeralds and accounts for approximately 25% of global emerald production. It covers an area of approximately 41 square kilometres and is located in the central part of the Ndola Rural Emerald Restricted Area (“NRERA”), in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia.

Key Facts

Location

Location

Acquisition by Gemfields

Acquisition by Gemfields

Sustainability

Sustainability

Gemstones

Gemstones

Mining Method

Mining Method

Ownership Structure

Ownership Structure

Our assets in detail

Kagem Emerald Mine

Geology

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Geology

Open-Pit Mining

Kagem is an open-pit emerald mine. The operation currently runs to as much as 130 metres in depth (imagine the height of an +40 storied office block), is 1.5KM in length and approximately 750 metres wide.

However, we aren’t just digging and leaving big craters, instead with a mining & back filling strategy, the open pit is slowly migrating across the landscape with the footwall constantly being in-filled. We are putting back the hard rock in the exhausted areas of ore mining within the pit, the top soil is utilized on top of the in-active waste dump to create an environment that is suitable for revegetation of the land.

Safety

Kagem has built a reputation in Zambia as a world-class emerald mine and boasts a safety record to match. Having invested early in modern mining techniques and equipment, the mines commitment to safety, health and wellbeing has always been a key priority.

The health, safety, environment and quality team’s approach is to engage staff at every opportunity – through signage, carrying out regular training and awareness sessions and more recently via the championing of safety compliance and reporting so that Heads of Department fully understand the importance of their roles as the company’s leaders. Kagem is currently well underway with the process of ensuring compliance with both OHSAS18001 and ISO14001 management systems.

Kagem has a well-established clinic and staff have access to emergency evacuation services should a serious incident occur. For staff wellbeing there are sports and gym facilities, various football tournaments and recreation areas.

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