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NUM disturbed that operations at Lily Mine resume in June

The mine confirmed today that work will begin after major investment by a Canadian company.

Aerial view of the portion Lily Mine which collapsed on 5 February 2016. Picture: Barberton Times.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's disturbed that operations at the Lily Mine in Barberton will resume next month despite the fact that three workers are still trapped underground after a shaft caved in in February.

The mine confirmed today that work will begin after major investment by a Canadian company.

Operations were halted at the mine in Mpumalanga when a section collapsed leaving dozens of miners trapped underground.

Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerende have still not been found after rock falls complicated rescue efforts.

NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said, "We asked the company to first rescue those workers, it's a worrying situation for the families because they need to find closure."