One miner dead in Jwaneng slope collapse (Botswana)

One miner has died while 15 survived what the Group Manager (Public and Corporate Affairs) of the Debswana Diamond Company, Esther Kanaimba-Senai, described as a slope failure in the pit at the Jwaneng mine.

She told The Gazette that they did know what had caused the collapse. “We are still investigating,” she said, further noting that the slope failure caused collapse of a section of the pit wall.

“The necessary emergency evacuation response was immediately activated to secure the safety of all employees working in the pit at the time,” she said. Senai said the 15 employees were taken to the Jwaneng Mine Hospital for assessment and counselling and will remain under constant monitoring.

Meanwhile the Company has named the deceased who passed away when the Jwaneng Mine pit experienced a slope at Cut 6. In a press release Kanaimba-Senai named the deceased as Motshwari Raseiteo.  She said the rescue team reached a vehicle that Raseiteo was driving on Saturday evening.

“He had been employed as a general shift foreman in the Mining Department since March 2012. Raseiteo was 34 years of age and  from Bray in the Kgalagadi District. He is survived by his wife and three children,” reads the statement.

As a result of the tragic incident, all production activities have been suspended until all investigations have been completed. The Jwaneng Mine has availed counselling services to assist employees during this difficult time, said spokesperson.


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