Un­der­ground min­ing com­pa­nies urged to in­vest in mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in mine ven­ti­la­tion

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Business News - To­bias Man­doreba in Hwange

MIN­ING com­pa­nies in­volved in un­der­ground op­er­a­tions have been urged to in­vest in mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in mine ven­ti­la­tion as this en­ables real time mon­i­tor­ing of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions un­der­ground and timeous in­ter­ven­tions which pre­vent un­nec­es­sary loss of lives.

The call was made by the pres­i­dent of the Mine Ven­ti­la­tion So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe Mr Joshua Tigere at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing held in Hwange on Thurs­day.

“Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in mine ven­ti­la­tion both on es­tab­lished min­ing op­er­a­tions or smaller en­ti­ties is point­ing to­wards real time mon­i­tor­ing of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions un­der­ground and this as­sists in im­prov­ing op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies and timeous in­ter­ven­tions which saves lives.

“The mod­ern tech­nol­ogy mainly in fan en­gi­neer­ing saves power as over de­signs are avoided and fans with vari­able speed drives are now pre­ferred as they are eas­ily ad­justable to suit air re­quire­ments at var­i­ous un­der­ground op­er­a­tions hence in­vest­ments in mod­ern tech­nol­ogy can­not be overem­pha­sised as it is crit­i­cal for the well-be­ing of this sec­tor which is ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the na­tion’s econ­omy,” said Mr Tigere, who is a se­nior ven­ti­la­tion of­fi­cer at Zim­plats Mine.

The AGM was pre­ceded by a tech­ni­cal tour of Hwange Col­liery Com­pany’s 3 Main Un­der­ground Mine.

In his re­marks after the tour, Hwange Col­liery mine plan­ning man­ager Mr Nixon Mug­wadhi said un­der­ground op­er­a­tions were set to re­sume next month.

“Ven­ti­la­tion So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe is a crit­i­cal stake­holder to Hwange Col­liery and their tech­ni­cal tour came at the right time as we are now pre­par­ing to re­sume op­er­a­tions at 3 Main Un­der­ground Mine some­time next month when we take de­liv­ery of the sup­port equip­ment to the Con­tin­u­ous Miner (CM) which was de­liv­ered at the mine around mid-Au­gust after some re­pairs in South Africa. The so­ci­ety will as­sist us with ways to im­prove our ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem, up­date on chang­ing trends and share ex­pe­ri­ences from other mines, some­thing which will as­sist us in this op­er­a­tion which is a huge com­po­nent in our turn­around strat­egy as a mine,” he said.

The Mine Ven­ti­la­tion So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe was formed in 1993 and has func­tions which in­clude in­for­ma­tion shar­ing among mines, con­sul­ta­tive roles, fa­cil­i­ta­tion of tech­ni­cal train­ing for mem­bers, set­ting of ex­am­i­na­tions for ven­ti­la­tion cour­ses and cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment at the Zim­babwe School of Mines, among oth­ers.

Hwange Col­liery Com­pany, Zim­plats Mine, Unki, Fredda Re­becca Mine, Bin­dura Nickel Cor­po­ra­tion, Jena Mine, Mi­mosa Mine and Vum­bachikwe are mem­bers of the so­ci­ety.

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