The management of a gold mine in Orkney, North West, confirmed on Sunday that they had been working on evacuating the bodies of four mineworkers left trapped under the ground after a landslide at the Tau Lekoa mine. They had spend almost three days in the shaft and eventually died there.
The Tau Lekoa mine officials said in their Sunday’s statement that the rescue brigade were still at the mine working to retrieve the last body of the deceased miner to the surface.
“Village Main Reef Ltd (VMR) is sad to report that rescue workers this morning reached and are now recovering the body of the remaining worker trapped in a fall of rock underground following two seismic events at the company’s Tau Lekoa gold mine near Orkney in North West province on Friday,” spokesperson James Duncan declared.
The accident at the mine was reported the VMR officials who identified the four trapped miners as follows Xolani Meva, Lungile Nyawose, Katleho Nthibane, and Karabo Mabuthile.
There was also another mineworker in the shaft when the rockfall happened. Fortunately, he was rescued out of the mine on Friday, shortly after the incident. He is now in hospital. The doctors say his condition is stable.