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8 Nov 2016

Zimbabwe Daily (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe: Mine shafts collapse: 1 miner killed at Berwick 3 Mine, 2 others feared dead at Inyathi mine

"Miners die in shaft collapses", 8 Nov 2016

A man died in Gwanda when a shaft he was working in collapsed while two illegal miners in Inyathi are feared dead after being trapped in a mine shaft since Thursday last week. Mr Brian Sithole (21) of Garikayi Area died at Berwick 3 Mine which belongs to Mr Bhekinkosi Dube (31) of Phakama Area in Gwanda...Matabeleland South Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident. “I can confirm the sudden death of a miner who died when a shaft collapsed on him..."...A source at the mine said Mr Sithole was working in the shaft which is about 30 metres deep when it collapsed...At Inyathi, Mr Thompson Khabo (34) and Mr Qhawelihle Moyo (20) were last seen when a shaft they were working in collapsed following heavy rains last Thursday. A rescue team...[was] at the scene yesterday, searching for the duo...Bubi District Administrator Mr Tapiwa Zivovoyi...said it was sad that young people were dying while trying to eke out a living...He said the economic situation was pushing people to extremes.