Zwane visit families of Lily Mine workers

2017-02-13 22:40
Nkomazi Executive Mayor Thulisile Khoza addressing residents regarding the Lily Mine protest.

Nkomazi Executive Mayor Thulisile Khoza addressing residents regarding the Lily Mine protest.

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Cape Town – Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza on Monday met families of the three trapped Lily Mine workers. 

A meeting was held with the mine’s management about progress made to secure funding to resume the operation to retrieve the bodies of Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule, and Solomon Nyirenda from the coal mine, the department said in a statement.

The mine’s owners, Vantage Goldfields, indicated they were in talks with potential investors. 

The department asked about the progress that had been made on providing compensation to the families.

Zwane and Mabuza said they would approach neighbouring mines to find work for those workers left jobless by the closure of the Lily Mine and neighbouring Barbrook mine.

The department said the Mpumalanga government had agreed to provide food parcels to the affected families. 

Mnisi, Nkambule, and Nyirenda were working in a lamp room, in a shipping container on the surface of Lily Mine, when an underground supporting pillar collapsed on February 5 last year. The container was buried under tons of rock and soil. The rescue mission was abandoned because it was too dangerous and the mine ran out of money.

Vantage Goldfields said last year the needed an additional R200m to complete the rescue mission and resume operations. 

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