Sibanye-Stillwater wishes to report that 10 of the 13 employees who were trapped following a seismic event (measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale) yesterday, at its Masakhane mine, Driefontein operations, have now been freed, four of which have succumbed to their injuries and passed away. Six employees are in hospital.
Another employee have been located, while two employees remain unaccounted for.
Management of Sibanye-Stillwater wishes to express its sincere condolences to friends and family of the four deceased employees.
We thank everyone involved in the rescue operations since yesterday, especially the proto rescue teams and other stakeholders, who are continuing to make every effort to free and to locate the remaining and unaccounted for employees.
Operations at the Masakhane shaft have been suspended.
A further update will be provided when more information is available.