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Implats: Miner’s body found in shaft

Two rock drill operators were trapped when a shaft caved in at the Rustenburg mine on Tuesday.

Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg. Picture: implats.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The body of one miner has been found at a collapsed shaft at the Impala Platinum Mine.

Operations were suspended this week when the shaft caved in, trapping four miners.

Two of the rock drill operators managed to escape however two were trapped.

Reuters is now reporting that the body of one the men has been located.

Rescue operations resumed this morning.

The cause of the collapse at the mine had not yet been established, the company said.

Earlier this year, four miners died in an underground fire at the same mine.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Impala Platinum (Implats) will step down in December this year after six years at the helm, the company said on Wednesday, without immediately naming a successor.

During his tenure, Terence Goodlace oversaw the scaling down of operations by the world's second-largest platinum producer in a bid to survive lower platinum prices.

Implats raised R4 billion in 2015 to develop two of its most important shafts while closing other projects and cutting jobs due to tough market conditions.