New device to help with mine rescues

South Africa has some of the deepest mines in the world, reaching up to 3,000 metres underground. This means it’s often complicated to rescue workers, should the need arise. Mines Rescue Services has come up with a one-of-a-kind device that hoists down a cage into these deep shafts. eNCA’s Lindokuhle Xulu joined the Mineral Resource Department in putting the invention to the test. Courtesy #DStv403

 

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has some of the deepest mines in the world, reaching up to 3,000 metres underground.

This means it’s often complicated to rescue workers, should the need arise.

Mines Rescue Services has come up with a one-of-a-kind device that hoists down a cage into these deep shafts.

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The winder on wheels is set to go down to depths never reached before, creating an alternative way of helping mineworkers if they’re trapped underground.

Unions are hoping everything goes well and that the winder gets approved as soon as possible.

They say this will bring a sense of relief to those who risk their lives every day to extract precious commodities.

* eNCA’s Lindokuhle Xulu reports.

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