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1983

Government of Zimbabwe acquires 40% of Wankie Colliery Company Limited


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1982

The JKL Opencast mine operations were commissioned and then enabling Wankie to meet increased coal demand levels. The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s thermal power station at Hwange, specifically designed to burn Wankie power coal,...


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1976

First opencast mining operations were started in response to increased demand. No. 4 Colliery is commissioned but was decommissioned in 1980 owing to the adverse ground conditions


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1972

A major disaster struck Wankie Colliery Company when a coal-dust explosion swept through No. 2 Colliery killing 427 miners on 6 June 1972. The shaft was subsequently closed.


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1958

Wankie Colliery Company Limited under Anglo American Corporation is listed in the Rhodesia, Johannesburg and London Stock Exchanges. Sharp decline in coal sales as a result of the commissioning of the Kariba hydro-electric power...


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1953

The Anglo American Corporation takes over from Powell Duffryn Limited and the next 4 years was a time of expansion until output met demand of 4 million tonnes in 1957. The No.3 underground mine...


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1950

Powell Duffryn Limited takes over Company’s operations and initiated an expansion programme.


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1949

The Government implemented the recommendations of the Wankie Coal Commission Report, which confirmed the need for additional capital investment into the Company.


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1927

Opening of No. 2 Colliery Mine (Kamandama shaft).


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