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Government patches collapsed road at Boterekwa

by Staff reporter
10 Jun 2020 at 18:47hrs | Views
GOVERNMENT has moved in to avert a potential disaster at Boterekwa stretch in Shurugwi after illegal mining activities resulted in an underground tunnel which had seen part of the road collapsing.

Illegal mining activities had resulted in motorists taking turns in using a single lane on the highway as they tried to avoid a possible catastrophe.

However, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Department of Roads has come to the rescue of motorists.

Unit Supervisor, David Dhliwayo takes us through the steps his team has taken to patch up the road.

"It was a huge mess. We had to start by filling up the tunnels that had been dug across the road. We had to use a bulldozer to open up the tunnels before we began the process of filling the gaps. The tunnels were from that mountain over there and the works took us five days in total…," he said.

Motorists commended the government for timely intervention.

A government official in charge of Shurugwi and Zvishavane areas says there is a need for an all stakeholders meeting to deal with the menace of the illegal miners around the Boterekwa area.

"We need to sit down with JOC, EMA, and officials from the ministry of mines to end this menace. We are experiencing this problem time and again. Underneath this Boterekwa stretch, there are underneath holes all over. We need to deal with these people otherwise people's lives will remain at risk," she said.

The Six-kilometer Boterekwa stretch is a danger to motorists due to its meandering nature and steep sides.

The area has become a safe haven for illegal gold panners due to the rich gold ore underneath.

Source - zbc