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Lily Mine: Operations won’t resume where miners remain trapped

Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi & Solomon Nyerende have been trapped underground since February.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Lily Mine says it's assured the families of the three mine workers trapped underground that operations will not resume in the part of the mine where the lamp room they were working in collapsed.

In February, a shaft at the Barberton mine collapsed.

Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerende remain trapped underground.

A plan to resume operations at the mine has now been approved.

Business risk practitioner for Lily Mine, Rob Devereux, says the development of the new shaft will cost R200 million.

"The existing mine shaft is closed. It is extremely dangerous. The development of a new shaft will take in the region of six to eight months. There will be not production of gold."