Attempts to rescue trapped Sibanye-Stillwater miners continue

13 trapped underground as South African gold mine collapses following earthquake

One of the seismic events reportedly occurred about three kilometres from where the rescue team had been operating.

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. The miners were trapped underground for at least 24-hours. "13 workers went missing and five who were working in the same area have been rescued so far".

"Government is the regulator so it's for the government to see if these mines are compliant with health and safety", Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union President Joseph Mathunjwa said Friday.

The company expressed its condolences to friends and family of the four deceased employees, and thanked everyone involved in the rescue operations.

He said one of the issues the department had raised with both management and the unions was that they should have pulled those workers out during the first seismic movement.

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The company was not immediately available for comment.

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The problem is that the conditions are extremely unsafe and hard and we need to be careful about putting other employees and the rescue team at risk.

A total of 13 people were initially trapped last night.

"We thank everyone involved in the rescue operations since yesterday, especially the "proto" rescue teams and other stakeholders, who are continuing to make every effort to locate and free the remaining unaccounted for employees".

Another employee had been located, but two remained unaccounted for Friday morning.

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