Sibanye mine must stay shut‚ says Numsa

Sibanye mine must stay shut‚ says Numsa

All 955 South African gold miners, who had been trapped underground in a mine near the city of Welkom after a storm caused a massive power outage on Wednesday night, have been freed, BBC reported.

Sibanye-Stillwater spokesperson James Wellsted said some of the miners exhibited "cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious".

Nearly 950 miners were trapped underground at a South African gold mine after a shaft elevator stopped working because of a power outage.

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The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) says its "extremely concerned" about the safety of the miners, describing the situation as "extreme due to the sheer number of workers involved". This goes to demonstrate the attitude of management towards safety, said Mr Sahlulele Luzipo, Chairperson of the Committee.

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The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) also expressed concern for the trapped workers' health on Thursday, and called for tough measures against Sibanye and other mining companies where miners have been injured or killed.

Partially because its gold mines are so deep, dozens of miners die every year in South Africa. Emergency power supply from backup generators enabled 64 employees to return to surface the following morning, the company said in the statement.

Zwane also said that the mine would remain temporarily closed until an investigation by the mineral resources' inspectorate is complete, which might take up a day or up to four days. South Africa is the seventh largest gold producer in the world, mining around 140 tonnes of the precious metal annually.

Food and water were delivered to the trapped miners while they waited for power to be restored so that elevators could ferry them to the surface.

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