Government has cleared the way for mining operations at Wanderer Mine in Shurugwi after small scale and artisanal miners based at the site have met the minimum safety requirements by stakeholders for proper mining operations to take place.

Cde Larry Mavhima

The lifting of the embargo means small scale and artisanal miners at the site can now start operations without looking at their shoulders for fear of law enforcement agents three months after government had banned the mining activities at the site after part of the shaft had collapsed in December last year raising safety fears.

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in the Midlands, Cde Larry Mavhima said government has been convinced that all security and safety fears at the Shurugwi based mine have been addressed after going through a report by the provincial Chief Mining Engineer.

“We did not see any need to continue with the shutdown of wanderer mine. We are happy that the artisanal miners complied with government directive and rectified the areas that needed attention and it only shows that if people work together and listen to each other and react to possible dangers they can achieve a single goal,” said Cde Mavhima.

Zimbabwe Miners Federation Vice President Mr Marufu Sithole said it is music to the ears of small scale and artisanal miners who had to endure a forced vacation.

“The most interesting part is that we have since received letters from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development to start operations. The miners are happy and I can assure you that the training we got on safety issues will see us teaching other small scale and artisanal miners on issues of safety”

Wanderer Mine which is part of Falcon Gold has some of the richest gold reserves in the country.

Part of the mining shaft collapsed in December last year prompting government to stop operations at the mine in January to pave way for safety measures to be put in place before resumption of mining activities for the good of the miners.