Worker dies in Eskom tunnel collapse

Five people are still trapped underground at Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.

FILE: Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says one person has died after a tunnel collapsed at its Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.

According to the power utility, five others are still trapped underground.

There is no official confirmation about any injuries.

More than 15 workers were at the scheme at the time the tunnel collapsed.

Eskom says the scheme is under construction in preparation to go live next year.

The project will see water being pumped up the Drakensberg mountain range from Braamhoek Dam.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says rescue operations are underway and they are still investigating the matter.

"At the moment, we're still ascertaining the extent of the injuries. We'll provide information to the media as soon as we have more [information]."

*Earlier it was reported that three people died, six people were injured and eight people were trapped underground. Eskom has revised these figures down.