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Operations at the Lily Mine to resume next month

Working came to halt at the mine in Mpumalanga in February after a shaft caved in.

The dirt road leading to the area where the collapse happened at the Lily mine near Barberton, Mpumalanga. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Operations at the Lily Mine in Barberton will resume next month after a major investment by a Canadian company.

Working came to halt at the mine in Mpumalanga in February after a shaft caved in.

Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerende are still trapped underground.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's disturbed that the mine will resume operations while the three still have not been rescued.

Spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu says, "They must rescue those workers, dead or alive, so that the families can find closure. We feel the company is focusing more on profits that those mineworkers who are trapped underground."