Barberton – The operation to rescue three miners who havebeen trapped underground at Lily Mine near Barberton for 11 days is not yet arecovery mission, Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday.
Although rescue operations remained suspended, Mathunjwatold News24: "We still have faith that we will rescue the three people. Wehave not moved to a body recovery. It is still a rescue operation."
The container in which Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende andYvonne Mnisi were working is buried several metres below the surface after itfell into a sinkhole.
After days of trying to reach the mineworkers, a largeconcrete structure at the entrance of the mine tunnel and soil from a hill nextto the sinkhole broke off and fell into the same hole in which the container isburied.
Rescue operations have been suspended as a result.
Mathunjwa said senior mine managers had gone underground tocheck the stability of the pillars.
"We will wait for their report to determine if rescueoperations can commence," he said.