VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that on the fifth anniversary of the Lily Mine collapse, the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (DMRE) conveyed its sadness at the loss of three miners.  

On 5 February 2016, there was a cave-in at the mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga.  An above-ground lamp room container, in which three miners were working at the time of the cave-in, was engulfed in a hole at the entrance to the mine’s decline shaft.  Efforts to recover the container have thus far been unsuccessful as a result of underground instability.  The DMRE completed an inquiry into the cause of the accident and a report was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions in August 2018.  In line with the report’s recommendation, an administrative fine of R1-million was issued to the mine’s owner, Vantage Goldfields, in September 2020.  This week the DMRE noted its “great concern” at the prolonged business rescue process that has been underway since the mine shut following financial difficulties as a result of not being able to operate.  Vantage CEO Mike McChesney recently advised that the Lily Mine was no longer up for sale and that the company had decided to re-finance it, with the initial focus to be on the retrieval of the bodies of the three miners.


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