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#LilyMine: Experts consider alternatives to recover container

It’s been over a month since 3 miners were trapped after a section of the mine collapsed.

Sink hole at the Lily Mine in Barberton. Picture: Vantage Goldfield

JOHANNESBURG - A team of experts working to recover a container trapped underground at Lily Mine near Barberton, are now considering other alternatives.

It's been over a month since Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi were trapped after a section of the mine collapsed, burying the lamp house container in which they were working.

WATCH: Lily Mine rescue plan hinges on new escape route

Experts say it's still unsafe for the rescue team to go underground.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane visited the mine at the weekend.

His spokesperson Martin Madlala says they're expecting an update on the way forward this week.

"Part of the exercise that they are undergoing now is to determine exactly what alternatives there are. Despite hoping that this first option was going to be successful, we have been looking at several options but the issue with them is that they're going to take longer."