JOHANNESBURG, June 14 – Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday mine rescue teams had located and retrieved the body of a fifth worker killed after a suspected gassing accident at its Kloof Ikamva mine.
“The bodies of all five employees who entered an abandoned area on Monday have now been recovered and sadly five colleagues lost their lives in this tragic accident,” it said.
“The board and management of Sibanye-Stillwater wishes to express its sincere condolences to friends and family of the deceased employees and those impacted by this devastating loss of lives.”
The workers died due to poor ventilation at the abandoned shaft near Westonaria, south-west of Johannesburg.
Kloof mine is a shallow to ultra-deep level gold mine consisting of five producing shaft complexes that mine open hound and pillars with the deepest operating level some 3,347 meters below surface.
Sibanye said a thorough investigation by management, the department of mineral resources and other stakeholders would be conducted into the incident. ANA