Exercise due diligence: mining entities urged

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT has implored miners to exercise extreme caution in their operations to reduce accidents which have been on the increase in mining areas around the country.

This came out after an impromptu visit to Ngwarati Mine by the Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa at Zimplats in Mhondoro Ngezi this Wednesday following a fatal mishap at the mine.

It is a sad day for Zimplats, we all know how much they invest in issues of safety, we are encouraging and sending a message to all the miners to be very careful and exercise extreme caution we do not want anyone to die we want people to live and to work for their families, said Mliswa.

Zimplats Senior Manager responsible for mining operations, Mr Simbarashe Goto summed up the preliminary investigations which have been carried out so far.

Kudzanayi Manyonganise was in the process of putting up equipment that he operates and he had 5 other colleagues. Regrettably, the sidewall that was close to him collapsed 20 000 tonnes of rock unfortunately he was hit by some of those rocks, we managed to retrieve his body, we did manage to evacuate all our employees via our emergency evacuation exit, he explained.

Honourable Mliswa was accompanied by political leaders who expressed shock at the incident which occurred against the company’s good safety record.

Inspectors from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development are now on the ground to establish the cause of the accident in which a life was lost.

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