Four dead at Sibanye gold mine in South Africa after cave

Four dead at Sibanye gold mine in South Africa after cave

Thirteen miners have been trapped underground after an natural disaster caused a South African gold mine to cave in.

All efforts were being made to locate the other seven employees who remained unaccounted for at the mine, part of the Driefontein operations on the West Rand, Sibanye-Stillwater said.

A fall of ground occurred at the mine's Masakhane section which at first left 13 employees accounted for.

Five of 13 miners were rescued on Thursday but one of them had died.

In January a power outage trapped hundreds miners underground at the Beatrix operations in the Free State province, although all were safely returned to surface.

The department said its health and safety inspectors were on site as rescue operations continued for the workers still trapped underground.

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Cosatu said it was "alarmed by the deteriorating and poor safety record of Sibanye Stillwater mining company". "Mining is very unsafe and mineworkers risk life and limb daily to put bread on the table for their families", Amcu said.

"Another three employees have been located and are responding to the rescue teams".

In February, almost 1 000 miners were trapped underground for 30 hours following a power cut caused by a storm in another mine owned by Sibanye-Stillwater.

He said a further update will be provided when more information is available.

South Africa also has one of the deepest mines in the world.

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