Sibanye StillwaterBloomberg reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has been ordered to shut down the shaft at its Rustenburg platinum mine where 1,800 workers were trapped for as long as 10 hours on Tuesday due to an accident with an underground transport system.  

The Department of Mineral Resources issued a so-called Section 54 notice, barring the company from resuming operations at Thembelani shaft until a government mines inspector was satisfied that it was safe to do so, James Wellsted, spokesman for Sibanye, indicated.  “We will not be producing today (Thursday) and depending on our engagement with the department, hopefully we will resume very soon,” Wellsted stated, adding that while there had not been “significant damage” to the shaft’s underground hoist system, Sibanye had to get an independent expert to also certify that it was safe to restart operations.

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