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Deadly Illegal Mining Booms Below South Africa’s City of Gold
Deadly Illegal Mining Booms Below South Africa’s City of GoldSmoke rises from a derelict mine shaft 25 miles east of Johannesburg, where illegal miners cook, work and sleep below ground for weeks at a time.   They have broken through a slab of concrete covering the entrance to the shaft, one of 6,000 abandoned mines, many around Johannesburg, known as “eGoli,” or “City of Gold” in Zulu. At least 40 unlawful prospectors have died in South Africa this year as mines collapse, workers succumb to poisonous gases and gangs wage turf wars underground.   “Any mistake and you feel you’re going to be killed,” said Joseph Sithole, 23, an undocumented Mozambican migrant, as he stood among corrugated-iron shacks and rubbish-strewn paths near the mine. He recounted how last year he dashed to one side of a shaft after hearing a crack, narrowly avoiding being buried by falling rocks. He felt his way to the s
Amcu, miners to discuss new wage offer
Amcu, miners to discuss new wage offerLabour union Amcu and platinum producers are expected to meet on Tuesday following a new wage offer for striking mineworkers.   The offer, which was tabled on Friday, would see entry level underground employees' minimum cash remuneration - comprising basic wages and holiday, living out and ot
Second Coal Mine Accident in China’s Qujing City Kills 13
Second Coal Mine Accident in China’s Qujing City Kills 13Thirteen people were killed in a coal mine explosion in Qujing in China’s southern province of Yunnan today, the second deadly colliery accident in the city this month.   The blast incurred at 12:30 a.m. at an underground mine in Fuyuan County, leaving one person trapped, according to a
Two miners killed in wall collapse at Austar coalmine in Hunter Valley
Two miners killed in wall collapse at Austar coalmine in Hunter ValleyTwo coal miners have been killed in an underground mine collapse in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.   They were working 500 metres below the surface and 10km along the Austar coalmine when a wall collapsed and trapped them at about 9.15pm on Tuesday night.   Other miners tried to sa
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