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newsSABC News reports that, speaking on Monday during a commemorative event to mark two years since the Lily Mine disaster, Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said the mine was likely to be re-opened before the end of 2018.  

He indicated that plans were at an advanced stage to re-open the mine at Louieville near Barberton in Mpumalanga.  Former workers and family members of the three workers whose remains are still trapped underground at the mine gathered to remember them.  The three were among a group of 79 workers who were trapped underground when in 2016 the mine caved in.  The others were rescued, but the bodies of Yvonne Mnisi, Solomon Nyarenda and Pretty Nkambule are still underground.  Meanwhile, an investor has signed an agreement with the Lily Mine management to rescue the mine.  According to Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), discussions with other interested partners are ongoing.

  • Read this report by Eric Lubisi in full at SABC News
  • Read too, Three trapped Lily miners remembered, on page 2 of Sowetan of 6 February 2018

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