4 DIE IN SA MINE SHAFT COLLAPSE
Written by Panashe Madzinga on May 4, 2018
Four mine workers have died after a severe rockfall trapped 13 workers underground as the Sibanye-Stillwater mine, following a seismic event at the mine located in the West Rand area of Gauteng, South Africa.
At around midday yesterday, mine works at Driefontein’s Masakhane Shaft were brought to a sudden halt as the seismic shift caused a fall of ground in an operating stope.
Six of the 13 miners caught up in the rockfall have been rescued safety and hospitalised. There are a further two mineworkers who reportedly remain unaccounted for, with one still trapped.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said 26 miners have died across South Africa already this year.