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NUM calls on Lily Mine management to resume rescue operations

Three employees are still missing after the container they were working in plunged into a massive sinkhole.

FILE: Sinkhole at the Lily Mine in Barberton. Picture: Vantage Goldfield.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on management at Lily Mine to resume rescue operations to recover the three workers trapped underground.

Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi are still missing after the container they were working in plunged into a massive sinkhole, caused by a rock fall at the Barberton mine in February.

Last month, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said government was going to try a new way of bringing the container to the surface.

But the NUM's Joseph Montisetse says government has not done enough.

"This is a responsible company and it has a disaster fund which is put aside for situations like this one. We want this company to take full responsibility."