- December 12, 2019
- Posted in LOCAL
Four miners are feared dead in Esigodhini after a movable cabin they were working in collapsed and fell into a 62-metre mine shaft.
Provincial Mines Director said “After preparing tamping material under a shed that was erected atop old backfill connected to the underground through previously surface holing raise whereupon ground caved into old raise ducking and burying them all leaving a 20m diameter by 6m deep void. Alternative access from underground to the raise is full of collapsed muck and trying to demuck induces more collapse.
The trapped are
1. Dumisani Sibanda 43
2. Tapiwa Moyo 41
3. Andrea Malunga 73
4. Asthon Swilimba 86
The accident occurred at 0730hrs, 10th Dec 2019.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said police were working with stakeholders to rescue the four, but there was no geological map of the mine, he said.