By Emmanuel Mhike
ZVISHAVANE: A miner from Monte Carlo Mine recently died in a mine shaft that he was operating from after he spent three days trapped inside.
Elias Hungwe from Mabula resettlements in Zvishavane spent three days trapped 10metres down the shaft while talking over the phone with fellow miners who were trying to rescue him.
A close relative to the deceased Tavonga Dube told Community Voices Zimbabwe that it was heartbreaking to lose a relative in such a way.
“Elias was buried alive. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon but for over 3 days rescue teams failed to save his life. We talked to him over the phone, he was in a very narrow shaft that large rock boulders could not reach him. We knew he was dead when he was no longer picking his phone on Wednesday night. His dead body was removed from the shaft on Thursday morning,” said Dube.
Dube expressed gratitude to the popular Zvishavane businessman and Politician Mr Jaravaza as well as Mimosa Mine and Sabi Gold mine.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to Councillor Jaravaza who provided fuel for the excavator, Mimosa Mine for providing first aid kits trying to save our brother, and the mine owner for providing the excavator and Sabi Gold mine’s engineering department”.
The Monte Carlo mine is said to be owned by popular Zvishavane Businessman and chrome miner, Mr Makurira. Efforts to get a comment from Mine owner were fruitless as his phone was not reachable.
Continuous heavy rains in the country since last year has put Artisinal miners in danger of their substandard mine shafts.