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Two illegal miners rescued

Dozens of illegal miners were killed when a tunnel collapsed at the disused Harmony Gold mine.

Grab image taken from a video released taken by the remote camera mounted on a rescue capsule. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Another two miners have been rescued from a collapsed gold mine in Welkom, Free State officials confirmed on Wednesday.

They were part of a group of several dozen illegal miners who were working at the disused Harmony Gold mine when a tunnel collapsed on Tuesday.

There have been unconfirmed reports of nine fatalities.

Police spokesperson Sam Makhele said several others miners are still trapped underground.

"The rescue team is till busy with the operation to rescue the other miners. So far, seven people have been rescued and they are going to face charges of trespassing."

Meanwhile, unstable ground is hampering rescue efforts at Kleinzee in the Northern Cape.

Some 16 illegal miners are trapped underground after rock fall on Tuesday morning.

One man was rescued and officials recovered a body.

The rescue operation has been temporarily halted due to dangerous conditions.

In recent years, the practice of illegal mining has claimed the lives of many people.

Earlier in May, three illegal miners also known as "Zama Zamas" lost their lives during an underground fight at the Tshepong Mine.