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Mining job cuts hit African leaders ahead of polls

International miners in Zambia, South Africa, Congo laying off thousands in light of global commodities slump

Johannesburg

WHEN Canada's Barrick Gold said it would close its copper mine in Zambia if the government imposed a sharp hike in mineral royalties, President Edgar Lungu had little choice but to back down to save valuable jobs that keep the country going.

Mining accounts for over 70

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