Trade union Solidarity has vowed to give its assistance in investigating the cause of the collapse at Lily Mine outside Barberton in Mpumalanga.
This comes after Solidarity held meetings with the acting director general of the Department of Mineral Resources, David Msiza, and the management of Lily Mine on Wednesday night and this morning, the union said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
According to Gideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, “sensitive information” regarding the cause of the collapse that the union reportedly has in its possession would not be disclosed as yet.
“We have decided to deal with the information first as confidential as it is necessary in respect of the investigation. We would thus also prevent the mine being closed down and hundreds of workers losing their jobs,” Du Plessis said.
He said the investigation into the collapse at the mine would be delayed if this information was disclosed.
“The safety of our members and employees at the mine is however our first priority. Meanwhile, we will also assist the management of the mine to search for the trapped miners so that closure can be brought to their family members,” he said.
Three mine workers, Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyarenda, Yvonne Mnisi, have been trapped underground for almost two months after a lamp-room container plunged into a giant hole caused by a rock fall at the mine.
– Caxton News Service