Sabi Mine’s most loyal worker

Sabi Gold Mine’s longest serving employee, Seriso Papias

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ZVISHAVANE – Seriso Papias has few months to go before serving Sabi Gold Mine for four full continuous decades.

That in a sense is what is called loyalty.

He has over the years risen from a general hand to the lofty position of an underground manager. He attributes his success to the Almighty.

Papias who is the father to FC Platinum star player Nigel joined Sabi Mine in 1981 and it has been 39 years of continuous service, making him the longest serving employee in the company.

Papias who hails from Malawi settled in Magunje. He started working in Mhangura in 1979 when he was 17. He worked for Messina Transvaal Development (MTD) as a lasher and was promoted to service assistant pipes and tracks and then supervisor in the same department before moving to Sabi as a supervisor in 1981.
He became a senior gang leader in 1984 before rising to an assistant overseer miner in 1996. He became acting overseer miner in 2005 before he qualified as an overseer in 2009.

In 2012 he was the acting shift boss and then went on to become acting mine captain in 2013. He became substantive mine captain in 2017.

He is currently the acting underground manager.

“God has taken me this far.

“Experience has been key to my longevity at the mine. The company closed many times but I remained faithful that one day things will work out.

“Many workers have come and gone and the problems were more serious when we closed in 2003. Now here I am and we are looking for bigger times ahead,” said Papias.

He is blessed with four children all boys and has 9 grandchildren. His wife is Shyness Papias. He is a devout Catholic. https://masvingomirror.com