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Parliament committees ‘satisfied’ with handling of Lily Mine collapse

The Labour and Mineral Resources committees visited the site of the collapse which happened 10 days ago.

The dirt road leading to the area where the collapse happened at the Lily mine near Barberton, Mpumalanga. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's Mineral Resources and Labour Committees have visited Lily Mine in Barbarton and say they are satisfied with the manner in which the mine has handled the search for three workers trapped underground.

A section of the Vantage Goldfields mine collapsed more than 10 days ago, resulting in 20,000 tonnes of soil falling into a pit at the entrance of the mine.

The operation to rescue Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerende remains suspended with experts citing safety concerns.

Chairperson for parliament's Labour Committee Lumka Yengeni says, "What is very important at this stage is to focus everybody's energy to ensure that the workers are [out]; whether they are alive or not."

Expert geologists working at the mine said it is too dangerous to continue rescue operations as the walls of sink hole, in which the container carrying the three miners is buried, continue to collapse.

Speaking at the mine yesterday, Vantage Goldfields CEO Michael McChesney said the latest rock falls have derailed their mission.

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