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15 artisanal miners feared dead after Redwing Mine collapse

By Staff Reporter

At least 15 artisanal miners are believed to have died at Redwing Mine Thursday following a mineshaft collapse at the Penhalonga gold mine now owned by Zanu PF politician Scott Sakupwanya.

James Mupfumi, the director of the Centre for Research and Development, told the media that the disaster occurred when the shaft gave in, trapping several miners underground.

Since Sakupwanya and his BetterBrands grabbed the mine from Metallon group subsidiary, Redwing Mine in 2019, over a hundred miners are believed to have died in pits, some as deep as 150 mitres., according to NGOs closely monitoring the situation.

Owing to safety concerns, the mine was ordered to shut down by government last year but failed to do so.

Once a thriving mining operation, Redwing Mine, located 50 kilometres west of the eastern border city of Mutare, ran into financial troubles, inviting a suit by workers and creditors who invoked the country’s insolvency laws.

Despite winning the case on appeal, Sakupwanya has failed to relinquish control of the property.

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