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Shamva Mine Labour Downsizing Sign of Economic Decline

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The liquidity crunch currently gripping the country is said to have contributed to the labour downsizing at one of the country’s oldest gold mines, Shamva Gold Mine, in Mashonaland Central Province.

Sources at the mine said about 200 labourers were laid off as of December 31st 2013 and close to 100 more jobs still on the line.

The sources said the company plans to lay off about 300 workers. Although the affected workers were fixed term contractors, most of them have been at the gold mine for over four years.

It is alleged that the Shamva Gold Mine management told the workers that it is owed a lot of money by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from gold sales that date back to 2007.

Studio 7 tried to reach the mine human resources manager, a Mr. Madhume, but a person who answered his mobile phone switched it off on learning who he was talking to.

Efforts to get him through the company mobile phone also proved fruitless as we met the same fate.

Leman Pwanyiwa, a Shamva Gold Mine resident, told Studio 7 the downsizing will affect a lot of livelihoods as the affected workers were taking care of extended families.
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