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Sibanye StillwaterNews 24 reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has indicated that the death at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operations following seismic events has risen to five.  

Two miners are still trapped underground while six others have been hospitalised.  Thirteen miners were initially trapped on Thursday afternoon.  On Friday afternoon, the mine was hit by another two seismic events.  Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe visited the mine on Friday night and described the incident as a "disaster".  He said management should pulled workers out from underground after the first seismic event and that his department would do everything it could to ensure that the mine was safe before operations resumed.  He added that the two miners still trapped were "probably dead as well".  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on the DMR to investigate the rate of deaths in the mining sector, after the deadly rockfall at the Sibanye-Stillwater mine.  The union's Livhuwani Mammburu said:  “We feel the Department of Mineral Resources’ directorate must be serious and get to the bottom of what is really happening.”

  • Read this report by Iavan Pijoos and Mxolisi Mngadi in full at News24
  • See too, Death toll at Driefontein mine rises to five, at EWN

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