60 workers trapped at Zimbabwe mine

2012-05-22 13:37

Harare - About sixty miners were trapped at Zimbabwe's Mimosa platinum mine following an accident on Monday evening, the president of the local miner workers union said.

"There are 85 people who were trapped at 17:30 yesterday but more than 20 have been rescued so far. A bearing which moves the conveyer collapsed and the conveyer belt caught fire," Shadreck Pelewelo, the president of the National Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe, told Reuters by telephone on Tuesday.

The trapped men were in good condition and were receiving food, he added.

It was not clear how far underground the miners were, although the mine reaches depths of about 200m, according to Implats' web site.

Mimosa is a 50-50 joint venture between Impala Platinum and Aquarius Platinum Limited. Neither company was immediately available for comment.

Platinum mining in southern Africa, where most of the world's supplies of the precious metal lies, is a dangerous business.

In neighbouring South Africa, a government safety drive has hit output in the sector as a surge of inspections has lead to operational stoppages.

  • mmanonose - 2012-05-22 13:51

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  • Foreman - 2012-05-22 17:16

    It sad to hear of such bad news happening in my country (Zimbabwe) but i just urge all Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to pray for our beloved trapped brothers and sisters including their family.Lets declare that no weapon formed against them by the devil shall prosper, for Greater is our Lord Jesus Christ who live in us than the one who live in the World. I say God take all the Glory, Keep them, Love them, Protect them and let His face shine on them until we meet them physically. The devil is a liar because when God is with us no one is going to be against us for we are more than conquerers. I say God is showing His Powers (How can people be trapped underground and still survive. We have heard of such incidents in South America, they did survived because God is with devil, devil you are a liar Sir Foreman Francis Sibanda (Zimbabwean in the Diaspora +27744213117)

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