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Second body recovered at N.Cape mine

Officials have retrieved another body from a collapsed mine near Kleinzee in the Northern Cape.

Grab image: A mine shaft. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Rescue officials have recovered another body from a collapsed mine near Kleinzee in the Northern Cape.

A rescue plan to dig a ditch on the side of the caved-in tunnel to rescue several other illegal miners has also failed.

Just one miner has been rescued and two bodies were recovered since the operation began earlier this week.

The police's Cherelle Ehlers said the unstable terrain continues to hamper rescue efforts.

"The ground keeps on caving in and sand is filling the hole. We are going to try and dig on the west side of the tunnel."

Meanwhile, at least 20 miners have now been pulled out of a collapsed mine near Welkom in the Free State.

Police said only a few men now remain trapped inside the disused Harmony Gold mine.

In another incident, two men were stranded in a shaft at Durban Deep on the Gauteng's West Rand after rock fall in the area.

The men were trapped on Thursday morning.

Six others managed to escape and rescue operations are underway.