Some miners are still trapped underground at the Gloria Coal Mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga after recovery operations were suspended yesterday due to high levels of poisonous gases underground. At least 12 bodies of illegal miners have been found. The miners, who are also known as zama-zamas were caught up in an explosion due to a build-up of carbon monoxide in the mine shafts.
Trade Union, AMCU, has appealed to the Department of Mineral Resources to do more inspections at mines that have been closed. The Gupta-owned mine was decommissioned in February last year, after it was placed under business rescue. AMCU President, Joseph Mathunjwa, says authorities should ensure that unused mines are properly sealed…
“I think the companies running the mines need to seal those places once they finish mining. These are the kinds of things that look attractive to those who are unemployed. I think the DMR should step up their inspections for those mines that are not used to ensure they are properly closed.”
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