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Zita Goldswain
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1 Aug 2017
12:46 pm

Man who died in abandoned eMalahleni mine pit was a soon-to-be dad

Zita Goldswain

He lost his life last week while digging for coal in an abandoned mine pit.

File picture: Witbank News

The man who was buried under a pile of rocks in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, last week has formally been identified, reports the Witbank News.

Donald Sambo, 27, lost his life on July 26 while he was digging for coal in an abandoned mine pit next to the Old Middelburg Road.

Sambo was a soon-to-be dad. He lived in Old Coronation with his girlfriend, who was five months pregnant.

Sambo’s sister, Amanda, said her brother would be buried on Saturday, August 5, in Tonga Malelane, where he grew up with his grandmother.

“My brother was a bright young man with so many dreams. Despite having two distinctions in matric he could not find a work. He came to eMalahleni in search of a job,” Amanda said.

The Mines Rescue Team and two members of the SAPS Search and Rescue unit from Middelburg took six hours to retrieve Sambo’s body.

Caxton News Service


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