Three more mine deaths in South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 22 October 2010 – Reuters reports that another three miners have died in separate accidents at three South African mines.
Impala Platinum ‒ the world’s number two platinum miner ‒revealed today that a worker had died at its number 11 shaft in Rustenburg, but that operations had not been interrupted.
A spokesman for the company, Bob Gilmour, said it was still investigating the cause of the death. South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) revealed earlier that the employee had died after inhaling noxious gases.
The union also said that two other workers had died yesterday ‒ one at the Gold Fields Beatrix Mine in the Free State, and one at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine.
The NUM has reiterated its concern over regular fatalities at South African mines, even as companies say they are improving safety.
South Africa ‒ the world’s largest platinum and ferrochrome producer, and the fourth-biggest gold producer ‒ has a dire mining safety record compared with the industrialised world, partly because it has some of the deepest mines.
Last year, 165 miners died in South African mines.