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newsThe Star reports that the families of three miners assumed to have died in the Lily Mine disaster in Mpumalanga, have been compensated – two years later.  

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) told this to parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources during its update on the operations at the Lily Mine and the Gupta-owned mines.  The DMR’s chief inspector of mines, Mthokozisi Zondi, indicated:  “The families of the victims were paid R200 000 each.  ‘Workers were also paid R10000 each, with a balance of R40000 to be paid by the new owner.  ‘The inquiry report has also been completed.”  Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyirenda were trapped underground on 5 February 2016 when the container they were working in as a lamp room was buried when ground caved in.  MPs welcomed the report on Lily Mine and also heard that mining operations and the recovery of the bodies of the three missing mine workers would resume in November.  The mine stopped operations in April 2016 to allow for the extraction of the bodies from underground.  It was subsequently placed under business rescue.  MPs also heard that the Gupta-owned Brakfontein, Koornfontein, Optimum and Shiva mines were operational but non-compliant and flouting mining regulations.

  • Read more of this report by Mary Jane Mphahlele at SA Labour News
  • Read too, Mineral Resources Department exposes Tegeta labour issues, at Business Report

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