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An independent recovery team is heading to Barberton to assess the possibility of recovering the bodies of five miners believed to have died in an abandoned mine.
"We have been notified about it today by the Department of Minerals and Energy. We are on our way there," said the general manager of Mines Rescue Services (MRS), Christo de Klerk.
MRS is an independent company contracted to the department and was called in by them.
The team members were expected to arrive in Barberton last night.
Earlier Mpumalanga police said the bodies of the five missing men were still inside the abandoned Fairview mine. Superintendent Benjamin Mtsholi Bhembe said police were waiting for the department to assess the situation today.
Police found the area where the miners' bodies were on Saturday.
They were all believed to have died after an accident while illegally mining.
The general manager of Barberton Mines, Tony de Beer, said he had not been asked to help in a recovery, but would negotiate with the police if they did ask.
He described the area where the bodies were as a closed-up section at the back of the Fairview mine. The area was abandoned in the 1930s or 1940s.
The group apparently died in a rockfall on January 3. Two others who were with them escaped and raised the alarm on Friday.
Miners often illegally break into disused sections of mines to dig for gold, frequently for syndicates. - Sapa