Zim : Eight miners rescued after 4 days with water at neck level

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EIGHT gold miners have been rescued alive while 24 bodies have so far been recovered at the mining shafts at Cricket No 3 and Jongwe Mining Co-operative mines in Battlefields, Kadoma where an estimated 70 artisanals were believed to have been trapped underground after the mines were flooded by water. In an interview yesterday, deputy chief mining engineer in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development who is overseeing the operation, Engineer Tapererwa Pasikwavaviri said the eight miners who were rescued yesterday morning were rushed to Kadoma General Hospital for…

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First Lady creates platform for girl child interface

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FIRST Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has launched the “First Lady and the girl child” interface programme and will meet young girls and women in the coming months as she steps up her drive to end early childhood marriages. Addressing about 500 girls and young women — ranging from Grade 6 to tertiary level — at the inaugural interface at Belvedere Technical Teachers College in Harare yesterday, the First Lady said the scourge of early childhood marriages is preventing girls from realising their full potential. The interface — held under the theme…

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Zim : Teacher cracks pupil’s forehead

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A GRADE One pupil at Amaveni Primary School in Kwekwe was seriously injured after his head was shoved against a desk by his angry female teacher. The pupil was rushed to Kwekwe District Hospital where she received several stitches on her forehead which had been bust open in the mishap. Kwekwe District Schools Inspector, Mr Bernard Mazambani confirmed there was such an incident at the school. “We received the report to that effect. We have asked the school headmaster to carry out investigations and compile a report that we are…

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Zimbabwean rescuers pull out eight trapped miners alive

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Zimbabwean rescuers pulled out eight illegal gold miners alive on Saturday out of about 70 people who were earlier this week trapped in flooded shafts, in accident that the government has declared a disaster, officials and witnesses said. The accident in Battlefields, 175 km (109 miles) west of Harare, happened on Tuesday night and has shone a light on the dangers facing illegal gold miners, who last year contributed a large part of Zimbabwe’s record 33 tonne bullion output. “So far we have managed to bring out eight miners alive…

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Zim : Granny killer sentenced to death

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A BEITBRIDGE man, who waylaid a 65-year-old flea market trader in the driveway of her house in the border town before fatally stabbing the woman and robbing her of two cellphones, was yesterday sentenced to death by hanging. Maxwell Chadiwa (25) of Dulivhadzimu suburb pounced on Ms Muchaziva Gonorashe while she was about to leave her house in Dulivhadzimu suburb for Musina, South Africa, in the early hours and stabbed her with an okapi knife. He was arrested after police tracked the victim’s stolen mobile phone to another person who…

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Bulawayo City Council ordered to stop mining activities

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THE Government has ordered Bulawayo City Council to immediately cease mining activities at its Aisleby and Good Hope Farms as individuals and companies carrying out mining activities at the two farms do not meet the legal requirements. The local authority resolved to lease out mining claims to 15 individuals and companies in November last year at Aisleby and Good Hope Farms. The Director of Housing and Community Services, in the latest council report, revealed that the department was in receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Mines and Mining…

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R470 000 worth of salad cream intercepted at border

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Border authorities have intercepted 21 tonnes of salad cream worth R470 000 which were being smuggled from South Africa en route to Harare via Beitbridge border post. The Hash Logistics Truck was intercepted by the Ferret Squad on Thursday night at the last check point when it was about to leave for Harare. It is reported that the owner of the consignment  and their customs clearing agent who are still under investigations wanted to ship their consignment without any documents except the gate pas and the driver’s passport. The driver,…

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Fury in Joburg as blackouts follow load-shedding (then there’s the rain)

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Johannesburg City Power expects that it will take at least two to three days to clear all its outstanding calls from residents about continued electricity outages after this week’s load-shedding by Eskom. “I am furious about the power outages‚ because at my home I haven’t had electricity since Wednesday‚” Lucienne Croci said on Friday. Croci‚ owner of Kulanga Cottages Bed and Breakfast in Linden‚ said she had been forced to turn away four potential customers due to the power outages and load-shedding. “They said they would get back to me‚…

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Girl missing in river wasn’t at school because she didn’t have nice clothes‚ says granny

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The grief-stricken granny of a nine-year-old girl who was swept away while swimming with four friends in the Umlazi River in Durban on Friday was not at school because she didn’t have decent civvies. Thandiswa Mvuyo said the grade 3 pupil‚ Amahle‚ had not gone to school because it was “civvies day” (when pupils don’t wear their uniforms) and she did not have good clothes to wear. “I went to visit a neighbour and told her to not go anywhere. I don’t know why I said that. But she looked…

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Police seek help to identify burnt bodies

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POLICE in Matabeleland South Province have appealed for assistance from members of the public in identification of five bodies that were burnt beyond recognition in two separate incidents and are being held at the United Bulawayo Hospitals. In a statement Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele said three of the bodies were passengers burnt to death after a Brooklyn Bus they were travelling in caught fire at West Nicholson area in November. The other two, he said, were burnt beyond recognition when a vehicle caught fire in…

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