By Vanessa Nyambi
Accident victims are often remembered as mere statistics.
Without familiar face attached to them, accidents remain just that. Accidents.
Shocking but not quite shocking.
The recent accidents at SAS Mine in Mazowe and JC Mine, Shurugwi are cases in point.
Details of the accident remain abstract in the minds of many of us who read about the events in the media.
But those that witnessed the mishaps, gory pictures of the victims and destruction remain etched in their minds.
For families of the victims left behind, the accidents have not only left them without bread winners, but they have altered the course of their lives.
All in a matter of seconds.
Similarly, those that survive accidents live with scars of their near death experiences.
Scars that run deeper than the eye can see. Deep into the hearts, soul and memories of the survivor.
Great Dyke News sportscaster Obert Sithole is one such survivor of a near fatal accident.
A mine accident in 1992 cost him his arm and sight.
Sithole a promising electrician at a local mining company haplessly watched as his dream faded into oblivion.
Dumped by the company, Sithole has the workers’ compensation fund to thank, which helped to pick up the pieces and carry on with his life.
To the mine management, Sithole was mere accident case recorded in their books, one they never bothered to compensate.
Sithole said “it is important for worker representatives to ensure that the workers have a reliable insurance policy that will not hang them to dry when disaster strikes.”
He narrates what transpired on the fateful day which change his life.
Sithole is now part of the Ya FM News, Current Affairs and Sport team, where he shares in-depth analysis on local and international sport with Paralympic gold medalist Elliot Mujaji and Collen Nikisi on the Sports Half Hour programme weekdays at 6.05 PM.