Gru bus accident claims lives of more than 20 miners


More than 20 miners from the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo died on Sunday in a horrific bus accident on their way to the mine.

The bus was transporting a large group of miners to the mine when it collided with a truck on the R572 about 25 km from the mine and caught fire.

The accident happened between 17:00 and 18:00.

Several miners were seriously injured in the accident and rushed to hospital for medical treatment in the early evening.

Tidimalo Chuene, spokesperson for the provincial department of transport and community safety, says MEC Florence Radzilani, Godfrey Mawela, mayor of the Musina local municipality and senior management members of the Venetia mine will visit the accident scene on Monday morning.

This mine has been managed by the mining giant De Beers for more than 30 years and is responsible for 40% of South Africa’s annual diamond production with more than 4,300 staff members.

It was once the country’s largest open pit mine, before De Beers invested $2 billion (about R37 billion) in a major underground project to gain access to the less easily available diamonds. The group aims to produce a yield of four million carats per year.