Zimbabwean women take to gold mining to share the wealth; Crimson Tazvinzwa
Zimbabwe’s billion dollar gold-mining industry is crucial for the country’s struggling economy but, traditionally, more than half the country’s population has been excluded from taking part.
More than 40 illegal gold miners are believed to have died in Zimbabwe after they were trapped deep underground following a flash flood. Police, engineers and other miners have struggled since Tuesday to reach any survivors of the accident, which took place in the town of Kadoma, 125 miles (200km) west of the capital, Harare. About 60 miners are thought to have been working at about 11pm local time (2100 GMT) on Tuesday when heavy rains sent a wave of water pouring into shafts that were up to 100 metres deep. Relatives searching for their loved ones said they had lost hope on Friday.
But now Zimbabwean women are breaking barriers to share in the wealth, following in the steps on one extraordinary entrepreneur.
By some estimates; the country has enough gold to make every Zimbabwean a ‘real millionaire’.