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#LilyMine: Officials expected to give an update

3 miners are trapped in a metal container under tonnes of rock and earth.

Vantage goldfield CEO Michael McChesney and Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa briefing the media on rescue operations at the Lily Mine in Barberton Mpumalanga on 12 February, 2016. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Officials at the Lily Mine are expected to give an update today on their efforts to rescue three trapped workers.

The three miners are trapped in a metal container under tonnes of rock and earth.

Today authorities at the mine will give a tour of the site where experts are attempting to drill a shaft 70 metres underground to access the site of the trapped container with the three mineworkers inside.

The shaft will be used as an entry and exit route for officials to remove trapped mineworkers, Yvonne Mnisi, Solomon Nyerende and Pretty Nkambule, without risking more cave-ins.

There have been calls for an independent inquiry into the tragedy and even requests to have an investigation into the collapse tabled before Parliament.

Management is also expected to give an update on operations at the mine, which were suspended after the surface collapse.

For now, rescue operations are confident they will be able to work effectively within a two to three week timeline.