Masvingo Province Honors Miners and Investors Killed in Tragic Plane Crash

A memorial ceremony was held in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe, to honor six miners and investors who died in a plane crash on September 29, 2023. The ceremony, attended by Provincial Affairs Minister Ezra Chadzamira, included a tree-planting event and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

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Masvingo Province Honors Miners and Investors Killed in Tragic Plane Crash

Masvingo Province Honors Miners and Investors Killed in Tragic Plane Crash

On September 29, 2023, a tragic plane crash in the Lochnivar area of Mashava, Zimbabwe claimed the lives of six esteemed miners and investors. To honor their memory, Masvingo Province held a poignant memorial ceremony on Tuesday, presided over by Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Ezra Chadzamira.

Why this matters: The loss of these six individuals has significant implications for the mining sector in Zimbabwe, and the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of prioritizing safety in the industry. The tragedy also highlights the need for the nation to come together in times of grief and support those affected by such incidents.

The victims of the fatal crash were Harpal Singh Randhawa, Amer Kabir Singh Randhawa, George Mzingaye Sibanda, Viswanath Pichumoney, Nikhil Milind Mahadik, and Captain Reginald Muchemwa. They were part of teams from RioZim, the company that organized the 'Memorial Tree Planting' event at the accident site in Ward 33.

During the ceremony, a commemorative plaque was unveiled and trees were planted in remembrance of the departed. Minister Chadzamira described the incident as a "black Friday" for the province and emphasized the importance of upholding Zimbabwean traditions in honoring the legacies of those lost.

"Traditionally, people were buried at sacred places called Marambakutemwa where a forest was preserved to bury people in the community," Minister Chadzamira noted. "We are witnessing these trees planted by the family in memory of their departed loved ones creating and following our culture as a people of Zimbabwe."

The minister called on the nation to console and assist the grieving families, recognizing the far-reaching impact of the tragedy. "This loss did not only hit the family or Masvingo Province but also to Midlands Province and the whole country," he stated.

Despite the setback to the mining sector, Minister Chadzamira urged stakeholders to remain resolute in achieving the targets set in Zimbabwe's National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1). "Let us remain resolute and focused on achieving the targets set in our National Development Strategy 1," he rallied.

The memorial ceremony served as a solemn tribute to the six miners and investors whose lives were tragically cut short. As Masvingo Province mourns their loss, the event also highlighted the resilience and unity of the Zimbabwean people in times of grief, as they come together to honor the departed and support those left behind.

Key Takeaways

  • 6 miners & investors died in a plane crash in Zimbabwe's Lochnivar area on Sept 29, 2023.
  • The incident has significant implications for Zimbabwe's mining sector.
  • A memorial ceremony was held, presided over by Minister Ezra Chadzamira.
  • Trees were planted and a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the accident site.
  • The minister urged stakeholders to remain focused on achieving national development targets.