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newsANA reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Thursday the search and rescue operation for more than 20 people trapped underground at the Koornfontein Gloria coal mine in Mpumalanga was being delayed by lack of ventilation inside the shaft.  

About 22 people, believed to be Lesotho nationals, were trapped underground at the disused mine near Middelburg on Wednesday after a gas explosion which left one person dead.  At least 20 managed to reach safety after the explosion.  The DMR said in a statement:  "The Mine Rescue Services will be taking gas samples to test methane levels.  All cables supplying power to ventilation fans at the mine have been stolen therefore making rescue operations more difficult.  Ventilation must be connected again to ensure the rescue proceeds safely."  The trapped people reportedly went underground on Sunday and Monday in an attempt to steal copper cables.  Gloria Mine is part of the Optimum Coal assets which were owned by the controversial Gupta family and put into business rescue last year.  The mine has been closed since September and hundreds of miners have not been paid their salaries since October.

  • Read Siphelele Dludla‚Äôs report on this story in full at Independent News

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