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Sibanye StillwaterSowetanLive reports that according to leading geophysicist Dr Musa Manzi, the geographical area where Sibanye-Stillwater has been mining might be the reason the gold producer has had the highest number of fatalities in the country.  

The group has already been responsible for over 20 deaths this year alone.  Manzi last month won an award for his innovative 3D reflection seismic technology.  Noting that it was possible for different mines to be using the same kind of mining methodology and have one mine face more deaths, the 34-year-old director of the Wits University Seismic Research Centre said the rocks where Sibanye-Stillwater mined gold might be more stressed than rocks at other mines.  "Rock bursts happen all the time.  There would be people dying every day if mines were not doing what they could with the technology available," Manzi pointed out.  He added that there was currently no known technology that mines could use to predict earthquakes or seismic events.  Manzi wants to collaborate with other researchers from the fields of engineering, earthquake seismology and rocks mechanics on research that will contribute to mine safety.

  • Read this report by Karabo Ledwaba in full at SowetanLive

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