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Death toll at Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof mine rises to four

The workers are said to have died from heat exhaustion. One miner is still unaccounted for.

The entrance to Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof Ikamva mine shaft, near Westonaria where four miners have died. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Sibanye-Stillwater mine has confirmed that the body of a fourth miner trapped at its Kloof Ikamva shaft near Westonaria has been found.

It is understood that five miners entered an abandoned shaft with poor ventilation on Monday.

The workers are said to have died from heat exhaustion. One miner is still unaccounted for.

Specialised teams are still working on locating a fifth miner.

The mine's Thabisile Phumo: "Again condolences to the families and colleagues who've lost their loved ones. I can also add that we have declared a day of mourning at the Ikamva shaft, so employees will be given grief counselling and an opportunity to deal with the incident."

At least 18 people have died at Sibanye’s mines this year, including seven who were trapped underground at the Masakhane mine last month.

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