All set for Kamandama mine disaster commemorations

Preparations for the 46th commemorations of the Kamandama mine disaster where more than 427 miners perished after an explosion at Hwange Colliery are at an advanced stage with organisers targeting to raise at least $20 000 from the golf tournament which has attracted 120 golfers.

Since the mine disaster which occurred on the 6th of June 1972, Hwange Colliery Company has been holding memorial services each and every year in honour of the 427 men who lost their lives.

Activities to mark the 46th commemorations will kick off with the golf tournament scheduled for Tuesday the 5th of June, which has attracted golfers from South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.

Hwange Colliery Company Corporate Affairs Manager, Mrs Rugare Dhobbie said preparations for the commemorations are at an advanced stage, adding that the coal mining concern has since the fateful day made great strides in safety management.

“Thousands of people are expected to attend the two day event starting off with a golf tournament on the 5th of June at Hwange Golf Club. The target for the sponsorship is around $20 000 and our traditional sponsors as well as new ones are coming on board to assist in this noble venture,” she said.

On Wednesday the 6th of June, stakeholders who include government officials, widows, chiefs, suppliers and Hwange Colliery Company customers will gather at the site of the blast to remember those who lost their lives.

The explosion which claimed 472 miners was caused by a methane gas explosion which was followed by a coal dust explosion.

The miners died after a methane gas explosion ripped through the shaft trapping them inside.

The incident remains the country’s worst mine disaster.

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