Middleburg - Mineral resources Gwede Mantashe on Friday called for security at mines to be enhanced in order to effectively address illegal mining.
This comes after Mantashe visited the Koornfontein Gloria coal mine in Middleburg to get a progress report on rescue efforts for 22 people believed to be trapped underground.
At least 13 people are known to be dead so far after the group, believed to be cable thieves, were trapped underground last week following a gas explosion at the mine.
Cable and copper theft resulted in power to the mine being stopped, increasing the level of poisonous gases underground.
Seven bodies were discovered in the early hours of Thursday morning, and they would be retrieved once power and ventilation are restored and the flammable gases underground are brought down to more manageable levels....
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