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Death toll rises to four at South African gold mine

05 May, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Seismic event leaves 8 miners trapped underground 7 missing

Management of Sibanye-Stillwater wishes to express its honest condolences to friends and family of the deceased employee and will continue to make every effort to locate the remaining five employees who are unaccounted for‚ and return all the employees safely to surface.

This comes after mine workers got trapped after an natural disaster hit the Masakhane gold mine west of Johannesburg on Thursday.

"We are informed that there was a seismic event around 1pm today at Masakhane Mine in Westonaria".

Four died and three are still trapped in the mine, where search and rescue operations were halted after two more seismic events.

Contact has only been made with one of the three miners who are still trapped.

Sibanye-Stillwater produces more gold in South Africa than any other company.




"We send our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the dead miner and our prayers to the missing mineworkers and their families".

This is the second large-scale incident at mines controlled by Sibanye-Stillwater in recent months.

The company said earlier today in its March quarter report that its safety record had deteriorated.

He said one of the issues the department had raised with both management and the unions was that they should have pulled those workers out during the first seismic movement. Another employee has been located, while two employees remain unaccounted for.

A total of 13 people were initially trapped on Thursday night. Operations at the Masakhane shaft had been suspended, the company added.

A further update will be provided when more information is available, it said.

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