One miner rescued, body found

04 February 2016 - 02:45 By Shaun Smillie

Proto team members rescued a miner yesterday and recovered the body of another after struggling for 48 hours to reach them at Sibanye Gold's Cooke operations in Westonaria. The surviving miner was taken to hospital. Sibanye Gold spokesman James Wellsted said it was not clear what had happened on Monday when the two contracted employees had moved to an area of the mine that had been barricaded."They had possibly broken through the barricades to do some illegal mining. There was a fall of ground and the two became trapped," Wellsted said.The mine, like many others, has been badly hit by illegal mining."This affects profitability and safety. We need to pay to beef up security," said Wellsted.Besides employees taking part in illegal mining, there are also organised gangs that recently have fought against each other.The Chamber of Mines estimates that at least 10% of South Africa's total gold production comes from illegal mining.

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