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7 Mar 2016
7:37 am

Lily mine rescue team stumped

Citizen reporter

One month and two days ago, three mine workers were trapped underground.

Search and rescue teams at the collapsed Lily Mine on February 13, 2016 in Barberton. Photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Felix Dlangamandla

A team of experts is considering other alternatives to reach a container stuck underground in a massive sinkhole at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.

Today marks a month and two days since three workers on the mine, Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon Nyerende, were trapped underground when the lamp-room container in which they were working tumbled down the sinkhole.

The small team that went underground recently to investigate recovering the trio found that rocks were still falling and the ground was not stable enough for rescue teams to go down.

This was after the situation underground was declared unsafe for rescue operations to resume.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane returned to the mine yesterday for an update on rescue efforts from mine management and a team of inspectors from the department.

“While it is disappointing that this option has not been successful, government, working together with the mine, labour and other experts, will continue to explore all alternatives to ensure that the container is recovered,” his office said.