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VantageGoldfieldsThe New Age reports that, as the first anniversary of the disaster at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine approaches, families of the dead mine workers are still struggling to make ends meet.  

On 5 February last year, a shaft at the mine collapsed and three mineworkers – Solomon Nyarende, Pretty Nkambule and Yvonne Mnisi – were trapped underground as a result of the collapse.  Their bodies remain underground due to financing difficulties and the danger involved in retrieving them.  Pretty’s husband, Christopher Nkambule, said:  “It is difficult to get by.  We got jobs at Barbrook Mine (a sister mine to Lily Mine) and it has also closed.  Now I am not working and the (four) children are starting school.  I cannot even give them money for lunch.”  Investors are now being sought for Lily Mine and Barbrook which are both in business rescue.  

Meantime, a company remembrance ceremony for the three miners scheduled for 5 February has irked Cosatu, which has accused the mine of “doing nothing” to retrieve the three bodies.  The labour federation called on the company “to stop this charade and focus on extracting the trapped workers and compensating families and workers.”

  • Read this report by Batandwa Malingo in full at The New Age
  • Read Cosatu’s press statement in this regard at Cosatu Today

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