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Letšeng Mine Operations Not Affected by Lesotho Political Crisis

Sep 2, 2014 2:57 AM   By Deena Taylor
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RAPAPORT... Gem Diamonds reported that the unfolding political crisis in Lesotho has not disrupted operations at its flagship Letšeng mine located in the country.

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, fled the country on Saturday for South Africa, following a reported military coup that led to army units surrounding his residence and taking over police headquarters, Reuters reported.

The company stated that its management in Lesotho reported calm in the country's capital, Maseru, and that there has been no disruption to operations at the mine, which is situated in the Maluti mountains, four hours away from Maseru.

"It is not anticipated that there will be any impact upon operations at Letšeng nor upon any of the company's sales and marketing operations in respect of the Letšeng production," Gem Diamonds stated.

Lesotho is a landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa and home to a population of just over 2 million. The country has seen a number of military coups since it gained independence from Britain in 1966.
Tags: Deena Taylor, diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Lesotho, Letseng, Maseru, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane
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