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South Africa’s new mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane underground at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine
South Africa Mineral Resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane and the premier of Mpumalanga, David Mabuza, have met with the families of the three deceased Lily mine workers.

Minister Zwane and the premier also engaged with Lily mine employees and management.

The objective of the meeting was to receive feedback from the mine’s management on progress made in securing funding that will enable the mine to compensate the affected families and mine workers, and to develop a decline for retrieval of the container, which was buried underground during a collapse at the mine on 5 February 2016.

Lily mine owner, Vantage Goldfields, indicated that the mine was in talks with possible investors who have shown interest.

The minister and the premier committed to engaging neighbouring mining companies in an effort to negotiate the employment of some Lily mine and Barbrook employees, noting that 10 job opportunities have already been secured.

Meanwhile, the Mpumalanga provincial government has committed to provide food parcels to the affected families.

Minister Zwane said government remains committed to working with the mine in retrieving the container as this will bring closure to the families.  He further committed to provide regular feedback on progress made.

Vantage Goldfields’ Lily mine and Barbrook mines have been placed in business rescue, Lily mine as a result of the disaster which took place last year  in which three mine workers were trapped, the bodies of which still remain trapped. Barbrook mine was placed in business rescue at the end of 2016.