By Karen Mkwate
Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) spokesperson, Mr Dosman Mangisi has warned miners in the Midlands Province against using homemade explosives saying they were a risk to human life.
Mr Mangisi said instead, miners should adopt the use of shock tubes in place of fuses.
“ZMF would like to advise miners to adopt the use of shock tubes in place of fuses after learning of the shortage of the commodity in the local market,” he said.
Small scale miners are the worst affected with most resorting to improvised cables in a desperate move to continue with mining activities.
Intrachem Private limited, one of the major suppliers of the product in the country say the company has been faced with a number of challenges in bringing the product into the country.
Recently there has been an increase in artisanal miners digging for the precious metal in the province with some of the miners invading residential areas in high density surbub of Senga Gweru and some parts of Bulawayo and Shurugwi
Residents who spoke to The Sun confirmed the presence of artisanal miners and expressed fear that their houses would give in as foundations were being dug up.
One Brian Zingoni said: “I had to leave the mine fields to be safe as most miners are still experiencing attacks by Mashurugwi”.
The Sun is reliably informed that builders have been picking gold nuggets since last year until information was leaked to artisanal miners who invaded residential places.