mosebenzizwaneThe Citizen reports that Lily Mine would be able to resume operations in about eight to 10 months when full funding has been obtained, but permission will not be granted until a container in which three employees has been trapped for months is retrieved.  

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane indicated:  “Firstly, the container must be retrieved, and all safety precautions must be taken before mine workers can resume their duties.”  Operations at the Vantage Goldfields mine near Barberton were halted in February after a cave-in.  But three employees are still unaccounted for.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern over the decision to resume operations and believes the mine should rescue the workers first.  But Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa has dismissed the NUM’s concerns, saying the Lily Mine affected his members and was not an NUM matter.

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