Several Miners Trapped Underground at Gold Mine in South Africa

Casey Dawson
May 5, 2018

Wellsted said they were in the process of contacting the families of the four miners who had died.

"Mine rescue teams were immediately mobilised and three employees have been located and have been interacting with the rescue teams", the statement reads.

Mining safety has once again come under the spotlight after 13 miners were trapped at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein mine in Carletonville, Gauteng following a seismic event on Thursday. They will be put back in soon once we have done our assessment.

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.

He said that it seemed that the latest event did not have any significant impact on the rescue operation.

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"We have regular seismic events here, but we have safety events in place. While we appreciate that there was a tremor underground at Masakhane, COSATU still demands more action from government to force companies to adhere to safety regulations".

"It's about 3.5 km from where our rescue teams are busy trying to recover the employees that were affected yesterday".

Earlier, the bodies of three miners were brought to the surface.

Sibanye-Stillwater said six employees were taken to a hospital and were in stable condition.

A week later at the Kloof Ikamva shaft, two mineworkers were found dead after a fall of ground caused by a seismic event. The company's shares recently dropped to two-year lows after a stronger rand squeezed profits and as it faces pressure to cut debt.

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