The accident in May 2014 killed 301 people when one of the pits of the Soma mine became engulfed by flames and carbon monoxide gas
While the search continues for one miner after the news of the death of eight others, the minister will visit Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine.
Reports say the bodies of eight miners have been recovered after a fire and rock fall at a gold mine in Jo'burg, while one miner remains missing.
The department of mineral resources has sent condolences to family and friends of the five mineworkers killed during a fire at a Gold Fields shaft.
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Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.