One Killed, 30 Still Missing After Collapse Of A Bindura Gold Mine

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By Staff Reporter

ONE gold panner died last Wednesday while over 30 others are still missing after Ran Mine in Bindura, Mashonaland Central province collapsed, sources have confirmed.

Six other gold panners were rescued alive.

Rescuers are trying to reach at the miners trapped underground after a shaft in an outdated gold mine collapsed.

Relatives of those trapped have been holding vigil since late Wednesday, when the accident occurred in the town of Bindura, well north of the capital, Harare.

Miners who are part of small-scale operations work in unauthorised settings to avoid selling their gold to a state-owned buyer and receiving a reduced amount of foreign currency.

Gold mining accounts for 60% of the foreign currency coming into Zimbabwe.