Miner trapped in shaft

2012-09-21 10:12

Johannesburg - An illegal miner was still trapped in a mine shaft at the old Durban Deep Mine in Dobsonville, Soweto on Friday, Johannesburg emergency services said.

"Yesterday [Thursday] we [received] a call for assistance from the mine rescue team from Carletonville, as it is their jurisdiction," said emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

"They came and they used their camera to locate the trapped person."

Rescuers learned that the shaft had been extended, and that the area where the trapped miner was, was beyond the mine rescue team's area of operation.

Mulaudzi said emergency services required permission from the department of mineral and energy affairs to give the rescuers the go ahead to start their operation.

"We are still waiting for that update. We are looking at sometime today," he said.

The trapped miner was one of five known to have been in the shaft. The other four had returned to the surface.

He entered the mine through an unused shaft which had been cordoned off.

Mulaudzi appealed to illegal miners to stop what they were doing because they were putting themselves at risk.

"We have been receiving a lot of incidents where miners are trapped in shafts," he said.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-21 10:23

    A total waste of time and resources! They know the consequnces....kay sera sera....

      patrick.umgababa - 2012-09-21 11:13

      i say get him out.. hes got no job, and is trying to make some money. Maybe when they get him out, they can give him a job. All the others are striking anyway.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-21 12:04

      Buy a ditionary-look up the word illegal,then tell me that whaterver he might have taken from the mine would not have been theft!

      simon.pearce.790 - 2012-09-21 13:17

      @shirly.... buy a dictionary and look up the word dictionary. (just pulling your leg)

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-21 13:42

      Simon: You got me!!MY BAD!

  • - 2012-09-21 10:26

    leave him in there. nxaaa!!!

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-09-21 12:05

      Quite heartless. The guy was probably just trying to put food on the table for his family, I prefer the criminals to go plunder abandoned mines than my house or car.

  • JohnDough - 2012-09-21 10:26

    Just leave him there! Why endanger our rescue services for the idiot. Hope he has a nice long weekend.

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-09-21 10:39

    He can start a new "undergound" movement with other unprotected striking miners at other mines. He woild be be thier leadre and i hope his name is Malema

  • carollynne.roos - 2012-09-21 10:48

    They not only put their own lives at risk, but rescuers have to risk THEIR lives getting them out!

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-09-21 11:13

    They want minerals and they want money - thaks for assisting them to come out hope they have learn a lesson.

  • njdejager - 2012-09-21 13:19

    Leave them there. They will never learn. He got in so he can get out. Stop wasting tax money on bulls$&t

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