‘Ur­gently ca­pac­i­tate small scale min­ers to deal with emer­gen­cies’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - To­bias Man­doreba Hwange Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Mine Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe should ur­gently ca­pac­i­tate small scale min­ers to en­able them to deal with emer­gen­cies that may arise dur­ing the course of their op­er­a­tions.

Chief Gov­ern­ment min­ing en­gi­neer Taper­erwa Paskwakaviri said this dur­ing a Cham­ber of Mines proto-com­pe­ti­tion for un­der­ground mines held at Unki Mine last week.

“The Gov­ern­ment is on a drive to pro­mote min­ing in the small and medium en­ter­prises (SME’s) sec­tor or small scale min­ing sec­tor where the de­mand for res­cue ser­vices is ex­is­tent,” he said.

“With the new play­ers now in the field, I urge the Mine Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion to re­spond to the changes and as­sist the small scale min­ers to ca­pac­i­tate them­selves to deal with emer­gen­cies.”

He com­mended the re­cent in­tro­duc­tion of fresh air mine teams who held their na­tional com­pe­ti­tions in Hwange last week.

“Mine res­cue is im­por­tant as it saves lives and com­pany prop­erty and it is very im­por­tant and cru­cial when we look at this cat­e­gory of min­ers in our coun­try,” said Eng Paskwakaviri.

How Mine came out tops dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tions on Fri­day af­ter gar­ner­ing 1 083 points with Zim­plats com­ing sec­ond at 1 058 points. In third po­si­tion was Mi­mosa Mine with 1 048 points.

The pres­i­dent of the Mine Re­sources As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe Mrs Betty Dube said: “It is highly com­mend­able that min­ing com­pa­nies in Zim­babwe now have res­cue teams as part of their emer­gency pre­pared­ness and re­sponse pro­grammes and proto-teams like these ones we wit­nessed here to­day pro­vide res­cue teams with a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to test their lev­els of readi­ness and res­cue skills in case of an un­der­ground emer­gency.”

Other com­peti­tors were Red­wing Mine, which set­tled for fourth po­si­tion, Unki (fifth), Freda Re­becca (sixth), Unki 2 (sev­enth) and Renco Mine (eighth).

Red­wing Mine’s cap­tain was voted the best dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tions.

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