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Lily Mine exhausted all avenues to retrieve trapped miners - Sturns

A year later, Sturns says that Lily Mine spent a large sum of money on experts who were called in to assist in finding the miners.

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

JOHANNESBURG – With just two days before the anniversary of the Lily Mine tragedy, business rescue firm Sturns says the mine used all the means possible to find the three mine workers who died after being trapped underground.

The business rescue practitioner says the mine spent a large sum of money on experts who were called in to assist in finding the miners.

The mine initially filed for business rescue in April 2016, two months after the tragedy.

The organisation’s Rob Deveruex says: “Every effort was made by management, unions and staff to retrieve the container. It was so unsafe to continue that the rescue operation was stopped.”

Meanwhile, the one-year anniversary remembrance ceremony was cancelled by families because they still have not received money promised to them by the government.

Deveruex says that his organisation is working on finding a way to pay out affected families.

“As a business rescue practitioner I have taken to pay that money, and as I have said the mine is not in a position to pay anything because it’s not producing anything.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo) firm