#LilyMine management to analyse progress

Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi have been trapped underground for 3 weeks.

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 - Lily Mine management says it will assess progress made this weekend and give a report back today as teams work to get to three trapped miners.

Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi have been trapped in a container underground at the Barberton mine for three weeks.

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Mine Spokesperson Coetzee Zietsman said, "We will be able to give a better update once we have assessed the situation to see how far they've gotten. So far it is all good and all systems are running."

Rescue efforts have been halted until a second escape route is secured, as there have been three collapses since the accident occurred 20 days ago.

It's understood the collapse was caused by rescue teams getting too close to the container where the three miners are trapped.

During the second collapse, a large concrete structure at the entrance of the mine tunnel and soil from a hill next to the sinkhole broke off and fell into the same hole where the container is stuck.

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As a result, Additional resources were brought in to assist rescue operations.

Family members and friends of the mineworkers continue to hold daily prayer services for the trapped trio, hoping they'll be reunited with them soon.


There have been calls for an independent inquiry to be conducted into the cause of the collapse.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said the collapse placed health and safety at South Africa's mines back in focus, while Parliament's Mineral Resources and Labour Committees said they are satisfied with the manner in which the mine handled the search for the workers.

The committees were among a number of officials who have visited the mine since the collapsed occurred.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says management at the Lily Mine must take responsibility for the collapse.