Small-scale miners resume operations

By ZBC Reporter
MOST small scale miners have resumed operations in Mberengwa in the aftermath of the rainy season that left most shafts full of water.
While farmers are on cloud nine starring at a bumper harvest due to good rains, small scale miners now face the challenge of pumping water out of the mining shafts.
“Mvura gore rino yakawandisa mumakomba saka pavakuda mapump akakura nekuti magetsi arambe aripo kuti tipedze mvura irimumashaft,” (The rain Was too much this year and as such we require high capacity pumps and electricity to be able to pump out the water), said one miner.
“Sezvamunoona takati vanhu ngavamire kushanda tibvise mvura kuderedza kudhirikira kwemigodhi. Mvura irikubva mumashafts akasiyana, tatova netime tichiburitsa mvura iyi,” (we had to stop operations until we remove all the water to avoid accidents, we have lost significant time trying to pump out the water) said another.
Early this year, government instructed small scale miners to halt operations to reduce mining accidents during the rainy season and now that rains have stopped, it is now all hands on the desk for miners.
Small scale miners are expected to play a major role in the country’s attainment of a 12 billion United States dollar mining economy by 2023.

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