Lily mine company invites families to commemoration of collapse on 5 February 2017

A YEAR LATER: The three workers remain trapped beneath the Lily Mine in Barberton. PICTURE eNCA


The Vantage Goldfields has asked the family members of the three trapped mine-workers who disappeared when the mine collapsed and swallowed them to an event commemorating the day.

The event will be at the Baberton mine on Sunday this coming weekend at 11h00.

The company’s Rob Devereux said the pastor and the choir that will sing at the commemoration is from the families’ side.

He said they had always been keeping in touch with family members and will attend the commemoration on 5 February 2017.

“Before we even planned the service we engaged with them and they know all the plans,” Devereux said.

Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon Nyerende were trapped underground when the lamp-room container they were working in fell into a sinkhole created by a shaft collapse on the Friday morning of 5 February 2016.

The company suspended rescue operations after pleading broke, saying rescuing Mnisi, Nkambule and Nyerende would require R200 million.

The mine had since been closed and family members have not received any financial assistance or compensation since then, despite government promise they would receive R200 000 each.

(edited by MLM)

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