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Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that electrical power was restored to the Beatrix gold mine owned by Sibanye-Stillwater early on Friday morning, allowing the rescue of some 948 miners trapped underground since Thursday morning.  

After the last of the miners were hoisted to the surface, Sibanye CE Neal Froneman said:  “The actions taken by management and decisions taken resulted in all of our employees returning safely to their families."  The mine in the Free State was paralysed by a power outage after a storm on Wednesday night knocked over a pylon supplying electricity to the mine and trapping 1,300 people underground.  Power was then restored to two shafts and 336 people were returned to surface.  Harmony Gold on Thursday provided three generators from the nearby Joel mine to assist with the rescue efforts.  The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Thursday:  "This incident also raises serious concern regarding the lacking emergency contingency plans at the mine for alternative and backup power generation.  Surely this cannot be acceptable and best practice.  Amcu insists that the mine should have its own backup arrangements for this kind of contingency."  Like Amcu, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday expressed concern for the wellbeing of the trapped workers’ health.

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive

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