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Copper-rich Zambia hit by global drop in commodity prices

Demand for copper, which is used across industry from construction to car manufacturing, has suffered from the slowing Chinese economy.

Commodity prices have been plunging in recent week, caused by China's economic slowdown.

The depth of the slump was emphasised on Monday when shares in commodities trader and miner Glencore dived 30%.

That is giving cause for concern in copper-rich Zambia, where Glencore is the country's largest private-sector employer.

The BBC's Milton Nkosi reports.

  • 29 Sep 2015