Press Statement, 04 May 2018
5 mineworkers are still trapped underground at Sibanye- Stillwater's Masakhane Mine in Westonaria.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) can confirm that six miners were rescued, two deceased and five are still trapped underground at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane Shaft in Westonaria. NUM is deeply worried and concerned after thirteen employees were trapped underground yesterday after a seismic incident.
One mineworker was rescued early hours of this morning. Fortunately, he is still alive. Five mineworkers are still trapped underground, two have been located but it is dangerous to rescue them due to fall of rocks. The other three mineworkers have not been located.
The NUM is angry and concerned at the rate at which mining incidents are happening at Sibanye Stillwater.
We send our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased mineworkers during this difficult time. May their soul rest in peace.
For more detailed information, please contact:
Peter Bailey: NUM Health and Safety Chairperson: 082 883 7302
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media NUM
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