Maputo — Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM) has introduced that it’s going to re-open its most important mining operations in Namanhunbir, in Montepuez district, within the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, as from the second week of March.
MRM shut down all its mining work, except vital operations, on 22 April 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In accordance with an MRM press launch, a workforce from the Cabo Delgado Provincial Well being Directorate not too long ago assessed the measures undertaken by MRM in its mining concession to mitigate the affect of Covid-19, and the corporate accepted all of the suggestions made by the well being authorities to minimise the danger of an infection.
“In step with the selections issued by the well being workforce, the MRM administration deliberate a phased resumption of operations”, stated the MRM Common Supervisor, Harald Halbich. “On 22 February 2021 preparations started to make sure that all the pieces is prepared for the employees to return with none issues”.
MRM says it didn’t sack any of its work power, however it did droop their work contracts. The corporate now says it can regularly carry that suspension, notifying the employees that they are going to be readmitted to their jobs.
The press launch stated that MRM was in a position to keep away from dismissing any of its employees due to the monetary assist offered by the bulk shareholder, the British firm Gemfields, which owns 75 per cent of MRM. The opposite 25 per cent is held by a Mozambican firm, Mwiriti.
MRM says that “regardless of the continuous challenges confronted because of the pandemic”, it stays dedicated to ensure “sturdy manufacturing and profitable auctions of rubies within the 2021 monetary yr”.
It provides that the employees’ jobs are assured, as are the corporate’s tax contributions to the Mozambican state.