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MantasheMining Weekly reports that on Wednesday Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Minister Gwede Mantashe held a stakeholder engagement session that deliberated on the plans to reopen the Lily and Barbrook gold mines in Mpumalanga.

The bodies of the three deceased mineworkers remain trapped underground in a shipping container at the Lily Mine following the collapse of the mine’s crown pillar in 2016. Attended by stakeholders representing Vantage Goldfields, the Lomshiyo Traditional Council, the business rescue practitioner, organised labour and government leaders, the session sought to promote cooperation between all stakeholders involved in the efforts to reopen the two mines. The DMRE has given Vantage Goldfields permission to reopen the mines under Section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act. The company is expected to sink a decline shaft at Lily mine to gain access to the underground workings to retrieve the container and the three missing employees. “We all agree that at the centre of our work is to reopen Lily mine, retrieve the bodies and bring closure to the affected families and fellow mineworkers,” the DMRE said in a statement. All stakeholders, including representatives of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and the Congress of South African Trade Unions expressed support and confidence in the efforts to reopen the mines, the DMRE avered.

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