No money to retrieve bodies of trapped Lily Mine workers, one year on

It is unlikely that the bodies of three Lily Mine workers will be retrieved unless an investor is found with the funds to re-open the mine.

If the mine is not take over and there's no money to re-open it to build the shaft, the retrieval of bodies may never happen.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

Business rescue practitioners say there's no guarantee that promises of compensation to families of three mine workers will be kept, reports EWN's Lindsay Dentlinger.

Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources heard a status update on Wednesday, while the families remain aggrieved.

Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyarende are assumed dead after being trapped underground in the shaft collapse.

A year ago, the families of three mine workers were promised R200 000 as compensation.

Employees who were trapped underground, but survived were promised R50 000 each.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane had announced that the affected parties would be compensated by Vantage Goldfields.

But business rescue practitioner Rob Devereux has told Parliament that the company made no such decision, Dentlinger explains.

Rob Devereux has told the committee that such a decision would have had to be taken by the board of Vantage Goldfields, which never happened.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

It reported that that R4.3 million is needed to make the payments, but there's no money.

Devereux was explaining to the committee what it would entail to bring the bodies up to the surface and pay out the compensation to the family of the victims.

Links were mage between rescuing the mine and retrieving the bodies, says Dentlinger.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : No money to retrieve bodies of trapped Lily Mine workers, one year on


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