Bay Horse mine accident update: 6th body brought to the surface

Timothy Chizuzu

Another body has been retrieved at Bay Horse Mine, Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) Mashonaland West Chairman Mr Timothy Chizuzu has said.

Speaking to Mining Zimbabwe, Chizuzu said the body was brought to the surface just after 19:00hrs today (5 October 2023).

“Another body has been brought to the surface just now,” Chizuzu updated.

This brings the death toll to six after the tragic accident where over 30 people were trapped underground due to a fall of ground at the 150m deep mine shaft in Chakari, Chegutu.

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The Minister of Mines and Mining Development Hon Zhemu Soda has cited human negligence as the sole cause of the tragic mine accident.

“Small-scale mining is sustainable to the extent that the miners should be in compliance with the law. The accident happened as a result of non-compliance. We hear that at that mine there wasn’t a qualified Mine Manager who could also give guidance on the actual activities that could be undertaken in the shafts. Human error and noncompliance to us are the causes of Mine accidents that continue to rob us of our miners in various incidents,” Soda said.

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