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numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called for the rescue operation at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine to be escalated to bring the remaining two trapped miners to surface.  

Five mineworkers were trapped underground on Friday morning after a rockfall.  The bodies of three have since been recovered, while two miners remain unaccounted for.  "The NUM want to take this opportunity to applaud the brave miners who went underground with the Proto team [the rescue team] who assisted in the recovery of the bodies especially the third body found early hours this [Monday] morning.  We respect the role and sensitivity of the work of the Proto team," NUM Health and Safety Secretary Erick Gcilitshana said.  The union conveyed its condolences to the families of the dead miners.  Harmony Gold said search and rescue efforts would continue to recover the remaining two trapped employees.

  • Read this report in full at IOL News
  • Read the NUM’s press statement in this regard at Cosatu Today

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