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Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium reports that Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane mine at its Driefontein operations in Carletonville will stay shut for another week.  

This will be while the precious metals producer and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) investigate the seismic event on 3 May in which 13 mineworkers were trapped, seven of whom died.  Masakhane produces about 20% of Driefontein's production.  The investigation will assess the damage and if it is safe for workers to return to work.  Work will continue as usual at Sibanye's other Driefontein operations.  Sibanye has come under fire for its health and safety record in the last two weeks.  So far 14 of its workers have died this year.  The seismic event that led to the Masakhane accident registered 2.5 on the Richter scale.  Sibanye spokesperson James Wellsted said that, while no particular scale triggered the automatic evacuation of people underground, the company was "more cautious" with big seismic events.

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