File - A picture taken on October 5, 2012 shows striking mine workers gathering outside the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Mine in Rustenburg. (AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)
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South African emergency workers rescued eight miners trapped a mile underground by a fire and rock fall in Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine but a search went on for nine others still unaccounted for more than a day later.Rescue teams battled through smoke and debris at a depth of 1,700 metres (5,600 feet) to reach the eight on Wednesday. Chief Executive Graham Briggs cancelled a presentation at a major industry conference in Cape Town to fly to Johannesburg to oversee the rescue effort at the mine, 30 km (20 miles) west of the city.At least 82 men -- thought to have been illegal miners -- died after an underground fire at a Harmony mine in 2009 .
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