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Limpopo Health MEC warns of fourth wave as Exxaro Mine records 57 Covid-19 cases in just four days

25th November 2021 Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba says she is alarmed by the Covid-19 cluster outbreak at Exxaro Mine in Lephalale, where 57 new cases were recorded within four days this week. Of the 57 cases, 18 of them were recorded on Wednesday.  

Lily Mine inquest: We were confident activities would not have caused mine collapse - geologist

12th November 2021 Former Lily Mine geologist Michael Begg claimed they didn't foresee the collapse that led to the closure of the Mpumalanga gold mine. On 5 February 2016, a shipping container above a crown pillar fell into a sinkhole, trapping three workers Solomon Nyirenda, Pretty Nkambule and Yvonne Mnisi... 

Lily Mine tragedy was an eye-opener on how to avoid future disasters, inquest hears

12th November 2021 A former Lily Mine manager said the collapse of the mine, which left three workers trapped underground, was an eye-opener on how things should be done better in the future to prevent another catastrophe. On Thursday, Eben Swanepoel said they had to come with remedial steps after every disaster... 

Lily Mine: Ex-manager claims collapsed crown pillar was secured before the tragedy

12th November 2021 A former Lily Mine manager has claimed the crown pillar that led to the collapse of the mine sent no warning signs beforehand. Bongani Rantho testified at the inquest into the tragedy they had restricted access to the crown pillar. 

Lily Mine inquest: Witness says zama zamas could have become trapped along with three employees

9th November 2021 A former illegal miner says it's possible that one or more zama zamas became trapped underground along with three missing employees when a part of Lily Mine collapsed in 2016. Known only as Mr X, he was testifying at an inquest into the mine collapse, which is being held to determine whether... 

'Darkness hovered over the place': Geologist gives emotional testimony at Lily Mine inquest

4th November 2021 'Darkness hovered over the place': Geologist gives emotional testimony at Lily Mine inquest "It took 12 seconds for Lily Mine to close its doors." 

Lily Mine tragedy inquest: Magistrate explains how inquest will proceed

2nd November 2021 The magistrate presiding over the inquest into the 2016 Lily Mine tragedy that left three families desperate for answers about their loved ones, has laid down the law, explaining how the matter will proceed. The proceedings are held in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court and are aimed at determining... 

Illegal miners in shootout with Hawks in North West: 6 killed, 8 injured and 87 arrested 

21st October 2021 Six illegal miners were killed, eight were injured, and 87 others arrested following a shootout with the Hawks on Wednesday. The members of the Special Task Force, assisted by the Hawks Organised Crime Unit, received a tip-off about illegal mining activities taking place in Orkney on Wednesday... 

Six killed in stand-off between zama zamas, mine security guards in North West

7th October 2021 Police have been placed on high alert in Orkney in North West where six suspected illegal miners have been killed and 35 more were arrested after an attack on security guards at a mine. On Wednesday, more than 30 people were arrested on charges of attempted murder, causing an explosion, malicious... 

Matjhabeng municipality: Rampant looting, illegal mining, theft could wipe out ailing entity

6th September 2021 Unemployment and closure of businesses in the Free State's mining towns has left one municipality with a burden of problems resting on its shoulders. The Matjhabeng local municipality servicing Allanridge, Odendaalsrus, Welkom, and Virginia, is now grappling with increasing unemployment. 

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