Mberengwa – Godfrey Maposa, a prominent artisanal miner who is also a popular footballer in Mberengwa died on Tuesday afternoon after a big boulder fell on him while in a shaft.
The stone was so huge that his colleagues failed to remove it and a bulldozer had to be called in to do the work.
District Development Coordinator Nyede Ndeya said he sent out a message urging miners to stop activities under the current heavy rains which make the ground unstable. He attributed the rock fall to the wet ground.
Godfrey Maposa was the captain of Vanguard, a boozers football team that scooped the JZ Foundation Tournament trophy last year.
The incident happened at Jumbo North Mine near Dove Bridge in Mberengwa.
“They were working in a group of six when they started coming out of the shaft around lunch time. The other came out but large stones starting falling into the shaft when it was his time to come out. Colleagues tried to remove one of the boulders that had squashed him but it was too big and a bulldozer had to be called in,” said Givemore Msipa who was one of the witnesses.
His body had to be taken to Zvishavane because there was no electricity at the Mberengwa Hospital mortuary, said Msipa.
Vanguard coach Patson Chitoro was in a state of shock when the Mirror talked to him. Maposa was from Chirumhanzi and both his parents are late. He moved to Mberengwa in 2009.
“We sent messages through miners associations that rains this year are heavy and they should desist from entering shafts. It is sad to lose lives through collapsing shafts. The ground is so damp and miners should put a stop to underground mining,” said Ndeya. https://masvingomirror.com