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News24.com | Mother of trapped Lily miner struggling to cope

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Johannesburg – The mother of one of the women trappedunderground at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga has fallen ill due to stress, herhusband Almond Mnisi told News24.

Mnisi said his wife had been

struggling to cope since theyreceived a call informing them their daughter Yvonne was trapped underground.He said his wife suffered from high blood pressure and it peaked on Wednesday.

“It’s not good. My wife is not coping at all. She is alwaysin tears. This hurts me because there is nothing I can do. I keep telling hernot to lose hope, our daughter will be found.”

Mnisi said most of the family had been sleeping in a tentnear the mine since Friday.

“The family is here for support. This is helping to keep uscalm under this storm,” he said.

Mine collapse

Mnisi and her colleagues, Pretty Mabuza and SolomonNyarenda, were in a lamp room that was housed in a container, near the entranceto the mine, when a central pillar of ore, called a crown pillar, collapsed onFriday. The container was swallowed up in a sinkhole as big as a rugby field.

Seventy-six miners were rescued.

Mnisi said he was scared to face his two grandchildren, aged9 and 4, should anything happen to their mother.

“I know she is alive. I have faith and we have prayed on it.I worry about her two sons. They do not know what is going on. I wouldn’t beable to face them if anything happened to my child. But I have faith,” he said.

Mnisi described 23-year-old Yvonne as a passionate woman wholoved her job.

“She enjoys her job and she is a lovely girl. I am veryproud of her. I just want her to come back to her sons and her mother. We needher.”

Support

He was impressed with the support the family had receivedfrom local residents, mine management, government and the Association ofMineworkers and Construction Union.

“I want to thank these people who are working hard for my baby.These people are working day and night and they tell us about everydevelopment,” he said.

Knocking was heard from inside the mine on Monday morning,giving rescuers hope that the three were still alive. They last heard signs oflife at 13:00 on Tuesday.

Amcu’s Mpumalanga secretary John Sibiya said three rescueteams were operating in shifts around the clock to move tons of rock to findthe three.

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