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coalANA reports that a number of people who claimed to be workers of the Gloria coal mine near Middelburg in Mpumalanga said on Friday they had not been paid their salaries for four months.  

Tumelo Pule, a truck driver for the Gloria coal mine, was among a group of about 20 men and women who got free meals and drinks on the premises of the mine on Thursday.  They said the meals were donated to them by an unnamed organisation.  “I cannot even get another job elsewhere while I’m still employed here.  I come here every day with the hope of getting paid.  My children are starving,” said Pule.  Gloria coal mine, which is owned by the Gupta family, was placed under business rescue a year ago and its workers were put on special leave in December last year, business rescue representative Mike Elliot advised.  He said the business rescue team was working hard to sell the mine so that funds could be generated to pay the workers.  Meanwhile, rescue workers last week retrieved the bodies of five people suspected to be copper cable thieves from the mine’s underground area.  A sixth person was brought to the surface alive, but later died in hospital.  Some 22 other people are thought to be still trapped underground.

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