All 955 miners trapped in South Africa gold mine freed

All 955 workers from a gold mine in South Africa have been safely brought back to the surface.

They had been trapped underground since a power cut struck on Wednesday night.

James Wellsted, a spokesman for the operating firm, Sibanye-Stillwater confirmed their release, but said there were cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious.

The mine has 23 levels, going down to 1,000 metres below ground.

More than 80 fatalities were recorded in South African mines in 2017.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said miners should not attend work if conditions were still dangerous and a parliamentary committee added ‘drastic’ action needed to be taken against Sibanye-Stillwater.

 

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