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Former Laker D.J. Mbenga bolsters aid to Congo after sister's COVID-19 death

Former Laker D.J. Mbenga bolsters aid to Congo after sister’s COVID-19 death

D.J. Mbenga celebrates the Lakers' victory in the 2010 NBA Finals. <span class="copyright">(Christian Petersen / Getty Images)</span>
D.J. Mbenga celebrates the Lakers’ victory in the 2010 NBA Finals. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

D.J. Mbenga has long felt a sense of obligation to help his home country. During a recent conversation, the former Laker began talking about his Mbenga Foundation. It helps educate children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, builds clean water wells and advocates for sexual assault victims. He shared the concerns, from orphanages he tries to help, about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the region.

He has always felt passionate about these causes, but a recent personal tragedy has made his need to help more acute.

Last month, his sister, Yvonne Mbenga, contracted COVID-19. A diabetic in her 50s, she was having trouble breathing. By the time doctors examined her, the virus had done enough damage that they weren’t able to save her.

He couldn’t fly to Belgium for her funeral and had

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Democratic Republic of Congo locks down mining area, workers sent home over coronavirus

By Hereward Holland

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo imposed a two-day lockdown in part of its copper and cobalt heartland on Monday, as two of the country’s largest mines took steps to reduce staff levels in response to an accelerating coronavirus outbreak.

The governor of Haut-Katanga province, Jacques Kyabula, issued the lockdown order late on Sunday. He said the boundaries of the southeastern province, which is home to concessions owned by Ivanhoe, MMG Ltd and Chemaf, would also be closed after two people tested positive for the virus in the provincial capital, Lubumbashi.

However, Congo’s health minister said late on Monday that subsequent testing revealed the two, who had flown from the national capital Kinshasa on Sunday, were not infected, meaning there have not been any cases in the southeast.

Even so, companies had already moved on Monday to begin downsizing their operations.

In neighboring Lualaba province, Glencore’s

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Congo imposes 48-hour lockdown on mining province over coronavirus

By Hereward Holland

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congo has imposed a two-day lockdown in one copper- and cobalt-producing province and shut down public markets in another after two people tested positive for the coronavirus on a flight to the capital of one of the provinces.

The governor of Haut-Katanga province, Jacques Kyabula, issued the lockdown order late on Sunday and said the boundaries of the southeastern province would also be closed. Ivanhoe, MMG Ltd and Chemaf are among the mining companies with concessions in Haut-Katanga.

Ivanhoe and MMG did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sandeep Mishra, a general manager at Chemaf, confirmed its mines were suspending operations for two days to ensure the safety of employees.

The governor of neighbouring Lualaba province, home to mines owned by Glencore and China Molybdenum, ordered all public markets to close on Monday except those selling food and medicine.

The order by Lualaba

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