Mining industry 'deeply saddened' by deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater
JOHANNESBURG - The Minerals Council South Africa, formerly the Chamber of Mines, said on Wednesday it was deeply "saddened" by the accident at Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof Ikamva shaft which has claimed the lives of four mineworkers so far.
Rescue and recovery activities continue in the hopes of locating one employee who remains missing.
"The Minerals Council extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased and offers its hopes to the family of the missing miner for his safe return. And it again offers appreciation to the brave members of Mines Rescue Services for their work," it said in a statement.
Five mineworkers entered an abandoned working area on Monday morning and died due to poor ventilation at Sibanye's Kloof Ikamva shaft near Westonaria, south-west of Johannesburg.
Sibanye said that the body of a fourth worker had been retrieved from the abandoned stope ore pass by the specialised proto teams after it was located earlier in the day.
Minerals Council said that work between its members to strive for best practice in all areas will continue, as will the industry’s quest, in close co-operation with unions and government, for the goal of zero harm.