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newsANA reports that the new owners of the ill-fated Lily Mine, Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), said on Tuesday that the mine would soon resume operations following the recruitment of new employees.  

Tuesday marked the third anniversary of an accident at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga which trapped and killed three workers.  Their bodies remain underground.  Operations at the mine ground to a halt in February 2016 after the accident, and the mine was placed under business rescue with about 1,000 workers losing their jobs.  In December, the Department of Mineral Resources approved the transfer of ownership of Lily and its sister mine Barbrook from Vantage Goldfields to SCC's subsidiary, Flaming Silver Trading.  SCC then received R190-million from the Industrial Development Corporation to restart the mine.  Fred Arendse, SCC group chief executive, said that the Lily Mine must be opened to preserve the community and called on the continued support of the workers.   Introducing the company's team that will be working at the mine, he stated that the recruitment of new employees could start as early as March 2019.  Joseph Mathunjwa of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) called on mining companies to work to benefit their communities instead of simply extracting the minerals.  "True commemoration leaves legacies of beneficiation to truly honor the memories of those we have lost," Mathunjwa said.

  • Read the original of this report on Lily Mine in full at Mining Weekly

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