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Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports on an incident that happened at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kroondal mine, in Rustenburg, on Monday, which required 378 mineworkers being kept underground for safety reasons.  

A mechanised machine used to transport workers and materials underground caught fire on Monday morning and the workers had to be kept in underground refuge bays until it was deemed safe to exit.  The company’s James Wellsted explained that they weren’t sure why the machine caught alight, but said the incident was being investigated by the company and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, before mining activities resumed.  He said the fire had been fully extinguished, the mine had been ventilated and all workers were brought up to surface by Monday evening. No one was injured. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) questioned why there had not been a “Plan B” in terms of escape routes for the mineworkers.  Wellsted pointed out that the mine did have a second escape-way, but that it was not the most suitable option to use in this instance.


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