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eskomNews24 reports that the team of Eskom workers who rescued 955 miners from Sibanye Gold’s Beatrix mine, who were trapped for more than 24 hours below ground last week, were led by a dynamic group of women.  

The miners, who were rescued on Friday morning without any serious injuries or fatalities, were trapped when a storm caused an electric cable outage on Wednesday night.  The two 132 kV lines supplying mines in the Welkom area collapsed due to a severe storm late on Wednesday night, leaving mines in the area without electricity supply.  Eskom's senior management commended the sterling job by the multidisciplinary team, which was led by Nozipho Mpanza, the Senior Manager Maintenance & Operations, in restoring the power.  Mpanza was acting as Free State Operating Unit General Manager on the day.  She was assisted by Recovery Manager Bondozi Mapeka, while the Operating Unit was led by General Manager, Lindi Mthombeni.  Interim Group Chief Executive Phakamani Hadebe said:  “I would like to commend the team for working around the clock to ensure that power was restored, especially to the mine where workers’ lives were at risk.”

  • Read this report by Derrick Spies in full at News24

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