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17 Feb 2016

South Africa: Lily Mine collapse traps three mineworkers for two weeks underground, rescue faces two more weeks delay

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Three miners have been trapped in a container underground at Vantage Goldfields' Lily Mine for almost two weeks, with rescue operations having been halted until a second exit route for the rescuers and trapped miners is established. Seventy-six others were rescued shortly after the collapse. South Africa-based NGOs working in the mining and extractives sector, Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA and the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), among others, have called for tougher action against Lily Mine management as well as enforcement of health and safety standards to protect the lives of mineworkers. Vantage Goldfields, the owner of Lily mine, is reported to have offered R50 000 to each of the workers who were rescued and R200 000 for the three workers who are still underground. Components relating to this story are below: