Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has called on the nation to spare a thought and prayers for the families of the three mineworkers, who are trapped in Lily mine in Barberton.
“This is a very difficult period for the affected families as they wait and pray for their loved ones to be found in good health. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers. We wish the rescue teams all the strength and wisdom possible as they execute their difficult task,” said President Zuma.
The mineworkers have been trapped since Friday following what the mine said was a collapse of the crown pillar.
The management of the mine, which is owned by Vantage Goldfields, says search and rescue teams using electromagnets are continuing with their efforts to find the three.
The mine has reported that there is a glimmer of hope as audio signals were heard coming from inside the rubble.
All operations at the mine have been suspended in the aftermath of the tragedy and trauma counselling is being provided for employees.