southafricalogoMining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry.  

Xolile Mbonambi, the Acting Chief Inspector of Mines, said this when the department appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources to give an update on progress made with regards to the mine disaster which happened in February 2016.  The accident investigation will be converted into an inquiry, in terms of section 66 of the Mine Health and Safety Act.  Mbonambi also said the joint operating committee that was dealing with the disaster would continue to assist and support the three families of the trapped miners to ensure that all parties find a sustainable way forward and that the families of the three trapped miners find closure.

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