A major underground collapse has occurred at Zimplats’ Bimha Mine in Ngezi slowing down production by 50 percent.
No injuries or damage of mobile equipment were recorded as a result of the proactive response from the management team and the timely evacuation of all personnel.
In a statement, Zimplats Chief Executive Officer Alex Mhembere said the collapse has affected nearly 50 percent of the current mining footprint at the Bimha Mine, the largest of Zimplats’ four mines.
Mr Mhembere said the 50 percent reduction in production is equal to 45 000 ounces of platinum in matte production and preliminary estimates indicate that it will take 15 months to return to full production.
The collapse was triggered by the accelerated deterioration of ground conditions associated with a major shear, the Mutambara shear, which passes through half of the mining area.
A team of experts from Zimplats supported by international experts and consultants have since been engaged to conduct investigations and make recommendations on the appropriate action to return the mine to full production.