16 May 2017

Zimbabwe: Caledonia Confirms Fatality At Zimbabwe Operation

Canada-based Caledonia Mining has confirmed the death of a miner at its Zimbabwe operation, saying the fatality occurred Monday in a mining-related accident on 12 May.

The AIM-traded junior resources group runs Blanket Gold Mine which located near the town of Gwanda.

"This is a serious setback in our efforts to continuously improve safety at Blanket Mine," said group CEO Steve Curtis.

"The previous fatality was in April 2015. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, colleagues and friends of the deceased."

Management said it had suspended mining activities in the specific mining area, being the pending a full risk assessment and in-loco investigation.

The affected area contributed 10% of production in the first quarter of 2017.

The company said it had notified the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, as well as the Inspector of Mines, and said it would provide "all the necessary assistance" to the Inspectorate Department in its inquiry.

In its statement, the board said the directors and management of Caledonia and Blanket were expressing their "sincere condolences" to the family and colleagues of the deceased.

The Canadian company now holds a 49 percent interest in the mine after complying with the country's indigenisation requirements.

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