Sibanye-Stillwater reports fatalities among rescue team at Kloof
(Kitco News) - Sibanye-Stillwater (NYSE: SBSW) today confirmed that two members of its mine rescue teams (proto team) passed away on the evening of Sunday, 19 September 2021 whilst conducting search operations for an employee at Kloof Thuthukani Shaft.
According to the company’s statement, the employee was reported as missing on the morning of Sunday 19 September 2021, when he did not return to the station with his team after completing planned routine repairs in a haulage, close to the shaft station.
The company said that the deceased employees were part of a six-person proto team who were conducting search and rescue operations in a raise line in the area where the employee was reported as missing. Based on information available, the two employees were overcome by heat during the search, the company added.
The board and management of Sibanye-Stillwater extends their sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues of the deceased employees and those impacted by this devastating loss of life. The search for the missing employee continues and further details will be provided as soon as possible, the company said in its statement.
Sibanye-Stillwater is a leading international precious metals mining company, with a diverse portfolio of PGM operations in the United States and Southern Africa, gold operations and projects in South Africa, and copper, gold and PGM exploration properties in North and South America.