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Business Rescue will ‘hopefully’ ensure sustainability of Lily Mine

The mine has applied for business rescue as a last resort after suspending operations in early February.

FILE. Miners at Lily Mine in Barberton Mpumalanga on 12 February, 2016. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says that Business Rescue will hopefully ensure the sustainability of the Lily Mine and its employees following the tragic collapse in February.

The mine has applied for business rescue as a last resort after suspending operations in early February.

A container, with three workers inside, plunged into a massive hole caused by rock fall at the Barbeton operation.

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

The union's General Secretary Gideon du Plessis says, "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."

Solomon Nyerende, Pretty Nkambule and Yvonne Mnisis have been trapped ever since.