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Impala Platinum restarts mines after death of 12 workers

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By Thys Khiba

Impala Platinum confirmed on Thursday, 30 November, it is restarting its Rustenburg operations that had been halted for two days after an accident at one of its shafts resulted in the deaths of 12 mine workers.

The Johannesburg-based platinum confirmed on Wednesday another miner had succumbed to injuries, raising the toll to 12.

Impala Platinum decided to shutdown most of its mines in the country after an accident at its No. 11 shaft killed 11 workers and saw another 75 hospitalised this week.

The deep-level shaft in which a cage hoisting miners to the surface suddenly plunged on 27 November is expected to remain closed. According to the Impala spokesperson Johan Theron, the mine where the incident took place would probably restart next year.

After a period of mourning and checking the other elevators at the complex, nine shafts will resume on 30 November with production.

Meanwhile, operations at platinum mines in Rustenburg, in the North West province, would be gradually ramped up to full production by Monday.

Rustenburg operations account for more than a third of the company’s output of platinum group metals.

Impala Platinum has recently acquired control of Royal Bafokeng Platinum in order to extend the life of its adjacent Rustenburg mines, from which Implats has been producing metal for more than five decades. The CEO and COO of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) were paid a total of R85 million as the company disappeared from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

 

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