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    Small scale mining operations stop as fuel dries up

    TINASHE TIRIVAVI

    SHURUGWI –
    Small scale mining operations involving thousands of artisanal miners in Shurugwi have come to a standstill after fuel supplies dried up.
    Isaac Chivendera who is the chairman of the Shurugwi Small Scale Miners Association said this to The Mirror.
    He also said that more than 2 000 informal jobs have been affected.
    He said that miners were failing to get diesel for their operations adding that the little fuel that the town received was being channeled to the black market.
     “We have a major crisis on our hands, the fuel that is coming to Shurugwi is being channeled to the black market by fuel attendants. This has left small scale miners with nothing. This crisis is affecting the country’s foreign currency earnings,” said Chivendera
    Henrietta Rushwaya who is the president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation said they are doing everything in their capacity to alleviate the situation, she also added that  they are liasing with CMED to avail fuel to their members.
    Former councilor and miner Wonder Pedzisai said he had stopped operations at his mines because the shafts are filling up with water.
    “Right now our shafts are filling up with water and we have no fuel to drain the water. Attendants are demanding bribes to fill up one small container of diesel. How far can we go?” asked Pedzisai.

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