Zimbabwe: Mines Ministry in Safety Awareness Campaigns

Victor Maphosa — Artisanal and small-scale miners are being trained…

Victor Maphosa — Artisanal and small-scale miners are being trained on safety, health and environmental awareness by the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development so they adopt sustainable and safe mining practices.

In Mashonaland East, the programme was carried out last week from February 19 to 23 by a team from the department of mining engineering led by provincial Inspector of Mines Mr Tamuka Mazenge.

The team visited several mining sites which included those in Goromonzi, Mutoko and Mudzi.

In an interview soon after addressing a large gathering of mine workers at Rwenya Fortune Mine in Mudzi last Friday, Mr Mazenge stressed the importance of the programme to miners as they carry out their day to day duties.

“We have been travelling across the province of Mashonaland East as from February 19 carrying out training and awareness campaigns where we are teaching small-scale miners on safety in mining operations.

“We taught them also on how to become a registered miner and how to mine safely. We trained them on how to operate under shafts and the equipment needed underground for them to be safe. For example, we warned them against destroying support pillars underground. Those pillars are important as they support the shafts and once they are destroyed, the shaft will collapse.

“Also, we highlighted on the use of explosives and who should be responsible for the proper use of these explosives. Again, we educated them about hazardous substances used in mining such as cyanide and mercury. So we taught them on the safe use of these substances,” he said