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Limpopo mining firm investigating fatal fire

The Palabora Mining Company confirmed this morning that all workers who were trapped underground have been accounted for.

FILE: A view from inside a mine. Picture: Pixabay.com

JOHANNESBURG – The mining industry is dealing with another tragedy on Monday morning after confirmation that six miners have died in Limpopo.

The Palabora Mining Company confirmed this morning that all workers who were trapped underground have been accounted for.

The workers died after a fire broke out at the mine on Sunday.

It is understood that a rescue team only managed to save one worker in an operation that was complicated by rising temperatures in the section that was on fire.

The mine's spokesperson Lydia Radebe says an investigating is now underway.

"Our management, labour and all other relevant teams are currently at the mine. The preliminary investigation is underway, so we will know the facts as the investigation unfolds."

Radebe adds that nothing could be done to save the six miners who died in the tragedy.

"The management was there as soon as we were informed. There was a fire and the rescue teams were also called in."

Meanwhile, unions say they're concerned following the latest deaths.

The NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu: "We don't know if it is going to be possible to try for a zero harm and zero deaths in the mining industry."

This is the latest mining tragedy after more than 20 workers died at Sibanye-Stillwater operations alone this year.

At least 17 mineworkers have died in seven incidents at Sibanye-Stillwater mines since the start of the year. Picture: EWN

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)