VantageGoldfieldsThe New Age writes that the three mineworkers trapped underground at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine in Mpumalanga are probably dead by now.  

This was indicated by the mine on Wednesday as the three have been trapped in a steel container underground for more than two months without water and food.  The three workers were working in a container on the surface when the mine collapsed and their container sunk into a sinkhole on 5 February.  Yesterday the mine spokesperson, Coetzee Zietsman, said it was clear now that the three were not alive.  “I think it’s clear at this point we can no longer call it a rescue operation, unfortunately,” he said.  Meanwhile, trade union Solidarity said the collapse of mine might have been fatal from the outset and rumours that knocking sounds were heard from the three miners trapped in the container were incorrect.

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