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Efforts to retrieve bodies of three Lily mine workers resumes

Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant says operations will resume to recover the bodies of three mine workers at the Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.

Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon Nyerende remain trapped underground after the container fell off into the ground.

Oliphant says the three families have received payments of R200 000 each, and 58 of the 75 miners injured were given R10, 000, with R40, 000 due.

He says some workers haven’t received their payment due to process on their bank account.

The money was raised with the help of the Chamber of Mines and is in addition to the benefits due to them.

Oliphant says the commitment is to retrieve the bodies of the three mineworkers.

“Our commitment, however, is that we shall not give up the efforts to retrieve the container and recover the bodies of the three comrades. All we need is the cooperation of all affected parties and the suspension of our differences in this matter.

He added that investigation on the matter has started saying they are waiting for the outcome.

“The inquiry on this matter is ongoing, even though it has taken unreasonably long. We will await the outcome and act accordingly thereafter.”

Oliphant announced the news during the Mineral Resources budget vote debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

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