Govt intervenes in Shabanie Mine ex-employees evictions

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga has ordered Mines minister Winston Chitando to intervene and resolve the issue of evicted Shabanie Mine ex-workers to allow for the smooth opening of the defunct asbestos mine.


Early this year, the mine management ordered the eviction of thousands of its former employees from company houses with the majority of them thrown onto the streets.
The ex-workers, through the National Mine Workers’ Union, have been fighting the evictions in the courts, arguing they would only move out after the company had paid their outstanding salaries and terminal benefits.

“We have the issue of eviction of people from Shabanie Mine houses and we expect [Mines] minister [Winston] Chitando to talk to these people and resolve the issue amicably,” Chiwenga said at the handover of Mandava Stadium to Zvishavane town last week.

“We want to open Zvishavane Mine very soon.”

According to reports, the workers were evicted to pave way for the Midlands State University Zvishavane campus staff.

In 2015 the High Court gave the mine the greenlight to evict the former employees although the workers successfully applied for an interdict against eviction.

Management later successfully challenged the interdict order.


  1. mudhinda nzou

    why today only two months or less before the elections , where were they all the time .Some have died before they enjoyed their benefits so what change does it make today, just to lure them into believing that they are good,this is a political gimmick for real believe them not guys

    1. better late than never,..

  2. we want to open shabanie mine! kkkk . zvido hazvisi zviito. you closed the mine in 2006 … how many years is it now? muchingoda. Give the mine back to its righful owner kwete. Now you continuie to perpetuate the grabbing culture of Mugabe. Infact magara henyu hapana diffeence. Thats why nothing is changing in this country.

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