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Gold panner dies after falling into mine shaft

by Staff reporter
18 Sep 2021 at 06:25hrs | Views
A GOLD panner died after he fell into a 20-metre-deep mine shaft in Umzingwane while illegally prospecting for gold.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Loveness Mangena confirmed the incident which occurred on September 15 at around 5AM in Crown Farm. She said Gilbert Sibanda (25) was illegally prospecting for gold in the company of two others when he slipped and fell into the 20-metre-deep shaft.

"I can confirm that we recorded a sudden death case which occurred in Umzingwane. Gilbert Sibanda who was in the company of two others was illegally prospecting for gold at Crown Farm.

"While he was entering the shaft Sibanda slipped and fell into the shaft and sustained broken legs and head injuries. He was assisted by his mates who pulled him out of the shaft and he was ferried to Umzingwane District Hospital where he was confirmed dead upon arrival," she said.

Insp Mangena urged people to desist from engaging in illegal mining activities as that would put their lives at risk.

"As police we continue to urge people to desist from engaging in illegal mining activities as by so doing, they will be putting their lives at risk. Such people conduct their mining activities without protective clothing and necessary equipment which may result in injuries or in worst scenarios death like this case. People have to regularise their mining operations and acquire the necessary equipment and clothing," she said.

Source - the herald