104 miners killed in Vaal Reef tragedy remembered

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Johannesburg, 24 May 2015 This year marks 20 years since the Vaal Reef Mine disaster in which 104 miners lost their lives underground. Since then, government has committed to improving safety conditions underground.

NORTH WEST - 104 mineworkers who lost their lives in the Vaal Reef mine disaster have been remembered.

This year marks 20 years since the tragedy.

Since then, government has committed to improving safety conditions underground.

Friends and family of those whose came to Orkney in the North West to commemorate those who died on 10 May 1995.

An underground train fell down a shaft, hitting a lift carrying miners back to surface. After plunging down the shaft, the loco landed on top of the cage, crushing all 104 men to death. Most of them beyond recognition.

The gold miners left behind 431 dependents, families without breadwinners.