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EMA closes Redwing Mine

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EMA closes Redwing Mine


A TOTAL of 21 deaths in 13 months has left a booming golf mining project being run by locally owned company, Better Brands in Penhalonga, just outside Mutare being stopped so as to bring sanity in the area, following increasing numbers of fatalities during the gold extraction processes as well as environmental degradation.
Better Brands Mining Company, in conjunction with hundreds of small-scale mining investors, widely referred to as sponsors, are carrying out gold mining operations in the Penhalonga area where Redwing Mine used to operate – a project that has become a source of livelihood for thousands of youths from Mutare and others from different parts of Manicaland.
However, a total of 17 died owing to mishaps during mining operations in 2022 while four have lost their lives in 2023. All of the deaths recorded so far are coming from the shafts being operated by unregistered and unlicensed miners.
This resulted in the Environmental Management Agency issuing an order to stop operations on January 8, but Better Brands was still in the process of appealing against the order until Saturday.
Better Brands Mining Company is operating Redwing Mine which used to be wholly run by Metalon Gold.
In an interview Better Brands Mining Company general manager Mr Cuthbert Chitima confirmed that they have reached a point where they can no longer carry on with operations before setting out sound safety protocols and structures in all mining shafts around the area.
“We were served with an order to stop operating by the Environment Management Agency owing to increasing number of deaths and general environmental degradation in the area. We thought the arguments raised by EMA could be sorted out while mining operations continue but unfortunately while we were lodging an appeal against the EMA order another accident was recorded.
“Therefore, being humane, we felt we really need to close operations and see to it that we put in place safe structures and systems in our mining operations,” Mr Chitima said.

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