Rescue operations continue at Lily Mine

Three people are still believed to be trapped in a lamp room inside the Mpumalanga mine.

Outside the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga where more than 100 workers are trapped underground. Picture: Lowveld Media/Barberton Times.

JOHANNESBURG - As rescue operations continue into a third day at the Lily Mine in Barberton, Parliament says drastic measures need to be considered, in order to ensure that mine accidents are avoided.

Seventy-nine miners were trapped underground when the mine shaft collapsed on Friday.

Three people are still believed to be trapped in a lamp room inside the Mpumalanga mine.

Chairperson of the portfolio committee on Mineral Resources, Sahlulele Luzipo, said there seems to be a challenge of safety in the sector that can, in many cases, be avoided.

"We think that there has to be very strict and stringent measures that must be taken to ensure that there's zero incidences that take place, whether fatalities or injuries."

Luzipo said they are hopeful that those still trapped will be rescued.

"We are hopeful and praying that they will come out alive. We are quite worried about these incidents that are consistently being reported because it is our belief that when workers continue to work, it's simple because they are driven by the desire to put bread on the table for their families."