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Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Report writes that unions have called for the shutdown of gold and platinum producer Sibanye-Stillwater (S-S) following the death of two employees at its Kloof mine on the West Rand on Wednesday.  

On Friday, nearly 1,000 mineworkers were rescued from the group’s Beatrix mine.  The two workers died following a fall of ground incident triggered by a seismic event at the Ikamva No. 4 Shaft Glenharvie.  The company said in a statement that it had suspended operations in the affected area pending an investigation by S-S management together with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and other relevant stakeholders.  Speaking on the sidelines of the Mining Indaba, SS chief executive Neal Froneman said that the company had a good safety record, but added that the group did not have a good relationship with labour.  “We have a turf war between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), both looking to score brownie points, unfortunately at our expense.  We want constructive relations.”  Amcu spokesperson Manzini Zungu said the loss of life at mines was an everyday issue.  Cosatu said it was worried by the poor safety record of S-S, and demanded the temporary closure of all its operations until the safety of the workers could be guaranteed.  The mineral resources parliament portfolio committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo said the deaths were shocking, particularly in light of the incident a week ago.

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