Eight employees were still stuck underground at the Masakhane Mine on Thursday, after a seismic incident at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein operations in Westonaria, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said...... Another employee has been located, while two employees remain unaccounted for in the accident, management said. "We pulled them out for safety".
Earlier this year, the company rescued over 1,000 workers after a strong storm caused the power to go out.
"Proto teams have been sent underground to look for the eight missing workers who are still trapped underground", he said.
Sibanye's borrowings swelled after a series of deals that transformed it from a staid and steady gold producer into a diversified precious-metals miner with both southern African and US assets.
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The company expressed its condolences to friends and family of the four deceased employees, and thanked everyone involved in the rescue operations. Operations at the Masakhane shaft had been suspended, the company added.
The seismic event that measured 2.0 happened close to where Thursday's seismic event happened, which led to 13 miners being trapped. "AMCU firmly believes that the issue of health and safety in mining has become a human rights issue", Amcu said. Another employee has been located, but two employees remain unaccounted for.
"The department of mineral resources and all the unions have been informed and representatives are on site assisting with the rescue efforts". "A further update will be provided when more information is available".