Minerals dept urged to work with new owners of Lily Mine

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources has urged the Minerals Department to work closely with the company that wants to re-open Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga.

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Sahlulele Luzipho said this is after the Department of Minerals informed the Portfolio Committee that an investor to re-open the mine has been found.

Luzipho says as much as the committee welcomes the development, the department has to ensure that the company has capacity.

Two years ago, Lily Mine caved-in and three workers remain trapped inside a container underground. According to Luzipho when the mine re-opens, priority should be to retrieve the remains of the three workers and absorb all the workers who lost their jobs.

“Our appeal,  it must work very close and ensure that this is a company that has capacity and is a company that is strict with commitment, it is not that we are suspicious of the company that it is not going to honour its commitment but we are that saying we have seen in other cases where people say we never under see the magnitude of this and they will say we don’t have capacity, it must be something that we are sure that the company regardless of the circumstances and condition it does have capacity.”

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