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Gold panner killed as mine shaft collapses - police
26/03/2016 00:00:00
by Manicaland Correspondent
 
 
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MUTASA: A panner died whilst his two colleagues escaped unhurt after the shaft they were mining gold at DTZ Premier Estate in Penhalonga collapsed.

DTZ gold mine was closed by Environmental Management Agency (EMA) last year on allegations of polluting Mutare River, leaving the claim open to illegal panners.

Manicaland province police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the incident saying the miner’s body has since been retrieved.

According to police, the now deceased Tawanda Chandiwangirira, 30, of Mupotedzi Village under Chief Mutasa and colleagues Wellington Chikomba, 47, and Munyaradzi Duri both from Magurasadza village Honde Valley were mining in an underground 10 metres deep shaft around 0300hrs.

During the process, the shaft collapsed and trapped Chandiwangirira but Duri managed to escape and rushed to inform Chikomba.

The two tried to rescue their friend but they only managed to retrieve the body after eight hours.

Warned Inspector Kakohwa: “People should desist from doing such illegal activities as they risk being trapped.

“Those who want to venture into mining should approach relevant authorities and get permits to operate legally.”

Cases of gold panners being trapped are on the increase in the province due to high levels of unemployment.



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