Claims for pan­ners at Dur­ban Mine

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

out of the mine fear­ing ar­rest but by Tues­day last week, res­cuers had con­vinced about 130 to come out.

Those who re­mained re­port­edly threat­ened to at­tack res­cuers with ma­chetes, al­though they had been with­out food in the shafts for five days. All are now out and the stand-off has since ended.

Zim­babwe Min­ers Fed­er­a­tion (ZMF) spokesper­son Mr Dos­man Mangisi said the mine man­age­ment had agreed to of­fer some claims to the il­le­gal min­ers as a way to put an end to prob­lems at the mine.

“Upon re­al­is­ing that the mine was fail­ing to con­trol the il­le­gal min­ers who were in­vad­ing the mine, we met with the com­pany tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant, Mr Steve Smith and came to a res­o­lu­tion.

“The mine has since agreed to of­fer a num­ber of claims ded­i­cated to the il­le­gal pan­ners where they can legally op­er­ate. We are now work­ing on a le­gal pro­posal to for­malise the amako­rokoza,” said Mr Mangisi.

He said not all amako­rokoza would be taken on board, but many would ben­e­fit.

“On this pro­posal, we con­sid­ered things like how many syn­di­cates the mine would work with and many other fac­tors,” said the ZMF spokesper­son.

The mine man­ager, Mr Cleopas Siny­olo, last week told The Chron­i­cle that the il­le­gal min­ers were trapped af­ter an un­named busi­ness­man, who they each paid $70, with­drew a lad­der that they used to en­ter the more than 120 me­tre deep mine.

The busi­ness­man al­legedly pan­icked when mine own­ers called the po­lice af­ter the il­le­gal pan­ners, most of them from Shu­rugwi, Chegutu, Kadoma, Mashava, Mure­hwa and Zvisha­vane, in­vaded the mine to ex­tract gold.

He said there had been a stand­off since Septem­ber 12 with scores of il­le­gal min­ers re­fus­ing to come out of the mine shaft.

On Thurs­day, he said, they had man­aged to clear them all out, with the last four who had been found on the fourth and fi­nal level, hav­ing been ar­rested.-@ win­nie_­masara

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