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20 Sep 2016

ENCA (South Africa)

So. Africa: 2 "illegal" miners die and 22 others arrested at Harmony mine facility; NGO urges companies to rehabilitate abandoned mines

"Sanco urges action after death of illegal miners at Harmony mine", 18 Sept 2016

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Saturday urged authorities to intensify the crackdown on unlawful mining operations following the deaths of two illegal miners at the Eland shaft of Harmony mine in Welkom in the Free State...“Mining houses should be held accountable for their failure to rehabilitate abandoned mines and for illegal activities that are claiming the lives of desperate miners who are lured to death traps by ruthless crime syndicates,” Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu said...It was a travesty of justice that shocking atrocities by the so-calledzama zamas” [illegal miners] were allowed to continue at the mine after 11 bodies were recovered four months ago...