The efforts to rescue the 3 South African miner who are trapped underground at Lily Mine in Louisville, outside Barberton in Mpumalanga, have hit a block.
This follows another collapse that has hampered the rescue efforts that were on going. The miners have been trapped for more than a week now. The names of the miners who are trapped are Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyarende and Yvonne Mnisi.
Prior to this recent collapse the hopes of rescuing the miners were glimmer, but this collapse has moved the rescue efforts a step back, although the search continues.
The Mpumalanga Secretary for the Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union John Sibiya said, “I don’t want to lie to you, the search continues. The big challenge are the big rocks that build up every time we make a blast. The more we try to blast those rocks, the rocks on the surface pile up below. It’s just a never ending mission.”
The three mining workers were working in a shipping container when the entrance of the mine collapsed, leading the container falling into the ground.
President Zuma has requested for support to be given to the families of the trapped miners by the Minister of Social development, BathabileDlamini, the Minister in the presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu and the Minister of Resources Mosobenzi Zwane.
Rescue teams are urged to keep on working towards rescuing the mineworkers.