Eight still trapped underground at Sibanye mine following seismic event

Eight still trapped underground at Sibanye mine following seismic event

Sibanye-Stillwater said six other employees were in hospital, and efforts were continuing to locate three workers still unaccounted for.

Four people are confirmed to have died following a seismic incident at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane Mine between Carletonville and Westonaria on the West Rand.

A total of 13 people were initially trapped. Sibanye's borrowings swelled after a series of deals that transformed it from a staid and steady gold producer into a diversified precious-metals miner with both southern African and USA assets.

"This suggests that greater attention be paid to issues of safety, particularly the protection of the lives of workers, as opposed to the insistence of chasing production", it said.

Sibanye shares fell 4.1% in Johannesburg, extending this year's decline to 29%.

South Africa also has one of the deepest mines in the world.

The South African Department of Mineral Resources and all unions were site to assist with the rescue efforts, Sibanye said in an emailed statement earlier.

One employee was fatally injured at the Driefontein operations on February 12 and two employees fatally injured at the Kloof operations on February 7.

In February, almost 1,000 miners were trapped underground for 30 hours following a power cut caused by a storm in another mine owned by Sibanye-Stillwater. "Mining is very unsafe and mineworkers risk life and limb daily to put bread on the table for their families", Amcu said.

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