Death toll rises to four at South African gold mine

Thirteen trapped underground at Sibanye gold mine following seismic event

"Another three employees have been located and are responding to the rescue teams".

A total of 13 workers were trapped underground following the rockfall on Thursday.

"The gold sector has seen an increase in fatalities this year, with Sibanye-Stillwater as one of the main contributors", Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said in a statement. Another employee have been located, while two employees remain unaccounted for. Management of Sibanye-Stillwater wishes to express its honest condolences to friends and family of the deceased employee and will continue to make every effort to locate the remaining five employees who are unaccounted for‚ and return all the employees safely to surface. The Department of Mineral Resources and all unions have been notified and are on site to assist with the rescue efforts.

"The NUM is angry and concerned at the rate at which mining incidents are happening at Sibanye-Stillwater", it said.

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"Greater attention must be paid to issues of mine safety and protection of lives, as opposed to the insistence of chasing production", he said.

Thirteen miners were trapped underground at the company's Masakhane mine west of Johannesburg earlier on Thursday after an natural disaster that measured 2.2 caused a cave-in.

The company also produces platinum and has operations in the U.S.

He said 10 of 13 miners who were trapped have been freed and six are at hospital.

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