1,800 trapped mineworkers
Rustenburg – Rustenburg came to a halt on Tuesday, 30 April, when reports of over 1,800 mineworkers, trapped undergournd, started spreading like wildfire.
At about 13:00 on Tuesday, some rails which were being transported underground at the Thembelani shaft, Rustenburg (whilst being slung under the conveyance), came loose and fell down the shaft.
Shaft personnel had to conduct an inspection to determine if there has been any structural damage to the shaft, to be able to release 1,800 employees from underground.
There have been no serious injuries reported and all employees are safe.
Sibanye-Stillwater is pleased to advise that all underground employees at its Thembelani shaft have been safely hoisted from the 14th level after a shaft inspection confirmed that it was safe to do so.
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