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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 save them but had to leave because of safety fears, police said.   A rescue mission was launched but both men were pronounced dead three hours later. One was Philip Grant, a 35-year-old from Metford and the other was Jamie Mitchell, a 49-year-old from Aberdare.   "Two local men. A tragic incident for all people involved, the co-workers and families of the men," police superintendent Garry O'Dell said. "It is a close-knit community and it will be traumatic to many families."   O’Dell said safety issues and the location of the accident meant it was go
Non-striking miners in Rustenburg under attack
Non-striking miners in Rustenburg under attackViolence flared up again in the strike-hit platinum belt in Rustenburg in the North West on Tuesday, the premier said.   A couple woke up to gunshots being fired at their house and the man's car was set alight. Another man found dead animals on his doorstep.   "We condemn in the s
Provincial Government shares concern of communities in the platinum belt - North West Acting Premier Paul Sebegoe
Provincial Government shares concern of communities in the platinum belt - North West Acting Premier Paul Sebegoe The North West Provincial Government shares the concern of communities regarding the negative impact of the protracted strike in the platinum belt, acts of violence and intimidation of non-striking workers.  Acting Premier and MEC for Finance, Paul Sebegoe assured the Provincial leadershi
Mechanisation will have devastating impact on miners and their dependants -Premier Modise
Mechanisation will have devastating impact on miners and their dependants -Premier ModiseMechanisation in the mining sector will have a devastating impact on the lives of miners and their dependants as it will result in job losses and should thus not be unilaterally embarked upon without consultation to avoid instability, North West Premier Thandi Modise appealed on Monday.   &ld
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