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Mantashe lashes Sibanye after four miners die

04 May 2018

A miner has died at a Sibanye-Stillwater mine outside Johannesburg after a seismic event‚ the company said. The seismic event, which occurred at about 13:30, caused a fall of ground in an operating stope, according to a statement by the mining company. 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.

Wellsted said a quake measuring 2,2 on the Richter scale was recorded at its Masakhane mine.

His spokesperson Ayanda Shezi says: "The minister is urging the companies to priorities the issues of health and safety for mine workers, instead of focusing on production at the expense of the mineworkers' safety".

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Operations at the Masakhane mine in Driefontein have now been suspended.

Two miners died in February at Sibanye's Kloof mine and two people were killed at the Driefontein operations in separate incidents. "We are shocked at the current state of affairs".

"Four of the ten have since succumbed to their injuries, while another six employees are still in hospital".

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"The NUM is angry and concerned at the rate at which mining incidents are happening at Sibanye-Stillwater", it said.

It called for "more serious intervention" to take place at Sibanye Stillwater operations in South Africa.

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Mantashe lashes Sibanye after four miners die