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    Shabanie Mashava Mine to evict destitute pensioners

     ZVISHAVANE - Shabanie Mashava Mines (SMM) management has issued an ultimatum to its employees including destitute pensioners to vacate company houses within 10 days of the notice.
    Ten of the affected workers are pensioners who are owed more than $30 000 each in terminal benefits by the company.
    SMM spokesperson Steven Nyagura was not reachable for comment.
    The Mirror saw the notices which read; "An order for eviction of the defendant and all those claiming a right through him from the house number 13 Lourie Road Hillview Zvishavane. Enter an appearance to defend by making an appropriate entry in the appearance book kept in the office of the Registrar of the High Court of Zimbabwe Bulawayo within 10 days after serving of summons."
    The workers have in turn handed over the issue to the National Mine Workers' Union to fight the case in the courts.
    Mineworkers Union president was not reachable for comment.
    Several human rights organisations have from time to time condemned SMM for the manner in which it has treated its workers. Tens of workers were evicted from the houses and thrown into the streets some with young children as mine management either sold or rented out properties to the Great Zimbabwe University or Midlands State University.
    It is not clear why the company is making evictions now that plans are afoot to reopen the asbestos mines. SMM mines were closed in 2009 following differences between Government and Mutumwa Mawere, the businessman who ran the mines.
    There is also speculation that those who are being evicted are miners who took SMM to court and are being punished for their action by ensuring that they don't get their jobs back and they are evicted from the houses.
    One of the victims of these eviction orders Israel Mundawarara told the Mirror in an interview that these eviction orders are coming in batches and people from the lower grades are affected. Heads of departments are safe from the evictions.
    "The notices are coming to us as a surprise because the company owes us $30 000 each and this is to ensure that we go away empty-handed. The matter has been handed over to NMWU", said Mundawarara. local news
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