Experts, management strategise way forward at Lily Mine
A meeting between Amcu leaders, management & geologists is underway at Lily Mine.
JOHANNESBURG - A meeting between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leaders, Lily Mine management and expert geologists is currently underway at the site of the Mpumalanga mine where three workers remain trapped 80 meters underground.
There have been three collapses at the scene, the latest happened yesterday afternoon, when a large piece of the hill above the mine broke off and fell into the same hole where the workers are trapped.
By last week, rescue teams had excavated more than 5,000 tonnes of debris and rock, and were on the verge of reaching the container.
But progress was delayed by the second collapse which sent families of the trapped workers running for cover.
This morning there were hopes that geologists at the mine would clear the way for rescue operations to resume this afternoon.
But speaking from the scene earlier, the mine's CEO Mike Begg, said the assessment of the ground would take some time.
Amcu spokesperson Manzini Zungu says the union hopes to resume efforts soon.
"The meeting is still in progress. We are hopeful that it will bring better results because the meeting is to assess what can be done going forward."
The miners have now been trapped for 10 days.
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