Tobias Mandoreba, Business Correspondent
HOST Bulawayo Mining Company (formerly How Mine) and Mimosa Mine emerged top winners at the Chamber of Mines 2018 National First Aid competitions held at How Mine on Friday.
The competitions were held under the theme “Respond, Rescue and Save Life.” Bulawayo Mining Company emerged winners in the Surface category with 722 points and also bagged the Best Captain and Patient awards.
In second position was Zimplats Ngwarati which garnered 687 points while Freda Rebecca Mine was in third position with 682 points.
Mimosa Mine ruled the roost in the Surface category with 793 points while Zimplats Ngwarati was second with 728 points.
In the third position slot was Zimplats Mupani with 680 points.
In a speech read on his behalf by Matabeleland South Provincial Administrator Mrs Sithandiwe Ncube, Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Cde Abednico Ncube urged the Chamber of Mines to assist in developing capabilities within the small-scale mining sector in areas such as safety, health and environment inclusive of first aid.
“In Zimbabwe the mining industry employs about 45 000 employees stationed at more than 100 formal operations but this number multiplies if small-scale mines and informal operations are added.
I would like the Chamber of Mines to assist in developing capabilities with the small mining sector in areas such as safety, health and environment inclusive of First Aid,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Mines held related national competitions last week in the Fresh Air Mine Rescue and Proto Mine Rescue categories at Freda Rebecca Mine and Turk Mine respectively.
Murowa Diamonds came first in the Fresh Air Mine Rescue competitions and also scooped the Best Captain and Best Team Workload Result accolades.
Zimplats (SMC) and Blanket Mine came second and third respectively.
Mimosa Mine won Proto Mine Rescue Teams competition with Bulawayo Mining Company coming second.
Unki Mine came third in the competitions.