Two die in South Africa mine collapse

Written by on February 7, 2018

Two gold mineworkers were killed Wednesday after ground collapsed at a mine belonging to Sibanye-Stillwater, owners of the same mine where nearly 1,000 workers were trapped last week following a power cut.

In a statement the company said “two employees were fatally injured during a fall of ground” that occured shortly after midnight at its Kloof mine, 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.

Operations have been suspended at the shaft pending an investigation into the incident.

Last week 955 gold miners were trapped underground for more than a day at a Sibanye-Stillwater gold mine after a power cut at a mine in the Free State province, 290 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.

They were later rescued unharmed after engineers restored power and hoisted them to the surface.

The latest incidents have reignited safety concerns in the mining sector.

“We are deeply worried about the safety of workers and we are continuing to witness these shocking fatalities,” said the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in a statement.

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