Seven feared dead after a mine accident in Colleen Bawn

By Providence Maraneli

RESCUE operations at Bux Mine in Colleen Bawn, Gwanda, where seven miners have been trapped since Saturday are continuing, with Vumbachikwe still pumping water from the 240 metre deep shaft.

Life is on tenterhooks in Colleen Bawn as relatives of the seven trapped miners are concerned about the hiccups in the rescue operations which have taken days before any meaningful outcome.

When ZBC News visited the mine this Monday afternoon, Vumbachikwe and Bux mine workers were still in the shaft trying to pump the water into the underground dam.

“We are devastated, my father was trying to look after us and whatever happened we are devastated, we wish to get closure soon,” said an anxious son.

“It is heartbreaking, we don’t know if they are still alive. We hope for the best. What happened is unfortunate. It is taking too long and we wish the government would chip in.”

While the rescue operation seems to be taking ages, the mine owners say they are doing everything they can.

“We are devastated, its a mine that is undergoing redevelopment and this unfortunate incident has really affected us. We are working flat out to rescue our employees. We have engaged Vumbachikwe so that they can help us,” said Philip Chiwaza, the mine’s administrator.

The seven mine workers, including a manager, who had gone for their routine work, plunged into a 240 meter deep shaft after the rope they were using on the hoist gave in on Saturday.