Lily Mine applies for business rescue as a last resort

The mine suspended operations two months ago when employees in a container plunged into a massive hole.

A mine shaft collapsed, trapping miners at the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga on 5 February 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade Union Solidarity says the Lily Mine in Barberton has applied for business rescue as a last resort.

The mine suspended operations two months ago when a container, with three workers inside, plunged into a massive hole caused by rock fall.

Solomon Nyerende, Pretty Nkambule and Yvonne Mnisi have been trapped underground ever since with dangerous conditions preventing the resumption of a rescue operation.

While management has promised to look after its employees, Solidarity says it's concerned that it is no longer be able to pay wages.

The union's General Secretary Gideon du Plessis said, "We are waiting for an appointment of a business rescue practitioner who will basically take over the running of the business. Hopefully then, we can give them all the answers they need regarding job security for our members and also for employees."