Trapped Mimosa miners rescued

About 178 Mimosa Platinum Mine Workers in the small mining town of Zvishavane were lucky to escape after being trapped 100 metres underground for almost 24 hours due to a fire that broke out in a shaft.

Paurina Mpariwa
Paurina Mpariwa

According to Mimosa officials, a conveyer belt collapsed and caught fire early evening on Monday, and the smoke filled the tunnel used to enter and leave the mine shaft.

The miners were however rescued in batches, with the last one coming out at around 2pm yesterday.

No injuries were reported as the workers used safe breathing apparatus while underground and a resident doctor was on standby to attend to those rescued.

Nearby Unki and Zimasco mines provided evacuation assistance.

The Mimosa officials said they were yet to ascertain the extent of the damage and its impact on production.

The Labour and Social Services Ministry has already begun investigations into the incident to ascertain whether there was negligence on the part of the company.

Labour Minister, Paurina Mpariwa told the media that despite the incident, mining accidents have been on the decline in the last few months, a sign that companies were adhering to safety measures.

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