Man plunges to death in 9m shaft

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba

A WORKER at a mine in Ma­tobo District died af­ter fall­ing nine me­tres down a shaft in a freak ac­ci­dent.

Nobukhosi Ng­wenya (22) was rushed to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals (UBH) af­ter an un­ex­pected ex­plo­sion at M2 syn­di­cate mine un­der Chief Ma­suku last Fri­day.

Ng­wenya’s work­mate, Mr Mbon­isi Ncube, told The Chron­i­cle that Ng­wenya died over the week­end in hospi­tal.

“We were car­ry­ing out our usual min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at M2 syn­di­cate mine on Fri­day last week. We set ex­plo­sives and af­ter a while they ex­ploded. We didn’t re­alise that not all the ex­plo­sives had ex­ploded.

“While we were get­ting in­side the shaft, there was an­other ex­plo­sion and Ng­wenya fell nine me­tres down the shaft,” said Mr Ncube.

He said Ng­wenya was rushed to the UBH where he died the fol­low­ing day due to mul­ti­ple in­juries he sus­tained fol­low­ing the mine mishap.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress.

He warned mem­bers of the pub­lic against en­gag­ing in dan­ger­ous min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

In­creas­ing num­bers of work­ers are dy­ing at their work­places, rais­ing con­cerns over safety mea­sures at the coun­try’s mines.

Some of the deaths have been recorded at dis­used mines as unem­ployed peo­ple re­sort to il­le­gal min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in search of gold.

Some of these min­ers have suf­fo­cated in the un­safe mines, while oth­ers have died in ac­ci­dents due to lack of min­ing equip­ment.

Some of the min­ers have fallen ill due to the en­vi­ron­ments that the work­ers are ex­posed to.

In­juries at the mines are also caused by lack of train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence. — @ pame­lashumba1

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