Another collapse reported at Lily Mine

It’s unclear what caused this collapse or whether anyone was underground when it happened.

FILE: It’s unclear what caused this collapse or whether anyone was underground when it happened. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Another collapse has reportedly taken place at the Lily Mine in Barberton.

This time one of the sides of the sinkhole has given way, causing panic among family members who were sleeping nearby the site.

The mine's management rushed to the site, but have not yet confirmed any details.

Some family members told journalists last night they feared for their lives when they heard what appears to have been the ground giving way.

It's unclear what caused this collapse or whether anyone was underground when it happened.

The mine management is due to speak to the media later to explain the situation.

Meanwhile, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza are expected to visit the mine today.

At the same time, Vantage Goldfields says its rescue teams on site are the most qualified in the world and different technology is being used to find three workers trapped for an eighth day.

The company was responding to criticism of how long it's taking to reach the container which is in a hole 80 meters deep.

Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi were trapped when the ground on the surface collapsed last week, burying the container in thousands of tonnes of debris and rock.

Vantage Goldfields CEO Mike McChesney says, "We are using the best people in the country. There's a lot of stuff out there that's saying that we are not. The mine's rescue services are the top trained mine rescue people in the country and in the world. We are using four or five different types of technology to do this and that's why we are as far as we are."