The closure of Zimbabwe’s largest asbestos firm Shabanie Mine has created many challenges which can only be told by those within the area.

A senior citizen in Shabanie says life has not been rosy following the sudden shutdown and its effect has had downstream problems to the community.

She dedicated her youthful years working at the asbestos mine in Maglas, Shabanie which became her home.

Today she seats in her single roomed house at the mine compound staring at its concrete walls and with nothing to show for all her years of effort.

Born on September 6, 1920 Gogo Ngidhi’s life mirrors the story for most now unemployed workers of Shabanie Mine.

Its closure has sent a graveyard sensation on this locality which hopes against time that one day the mine will be reopened and their lives will regain meaning.

Ceaseless calls for the re-opening of the once vibrant Shabanie Mine which was the lifeblood of Zvishavane’s socio economic development have been mounted.

Whether Gogo Ngidhi will one day wake up to once again hear the churning sound of machinery running at the mine is a question best left to authorities.