Two miners die in rock fall

2012-01-29 07:54

Johannesburg - Two miners were killed in a rock fall at the Modikwa platinum mine in Burgersfort, Limpopo, the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the accident occurred on Friday afternoon at the mine located on the border of the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces.

"We are really disappointed that in January we are seeing fatalities [in mines] rising to over ten so far this year. Last year the deaths reached just beyond 120," he said.

The identities of the two men have not been released.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-29 08:25

    Luckily our mines are not controlled by the Chinese !!! We would have hundreds ,if not thousands, die every year in our mines !!!!

      John - 2012-01-29 08:33

      Anthony, China enter South African platinum sector in a transaction worth $877m in 2010 ....which is the biggest mining investment in the country. What kind of crap is your comment?

      Anthony - 2012-01-29 08:54

      @John, CRAP !!!!!! Go and tell this to the families of those who died, in the last few years, in China's mines. Just in October 2011 , more than 100 died !!!!

      John - 2012-01-29 10:26

      @Anthony "Luckily our mines are not controlled by the Chinese !!!" You not familiar with The $5bln China-African Development Fund and your comment is absolute crap about controling mines. I know that you trying to get simpathy here, but please check your post first. No one stated that the dead of the miners is crap. For your and all audience information highest incidents in China mining industry are occuring in coal mines....and they are counted as 50 per week....not 100 in October 2011. I dont know where you "google" your stuf, but sometimes reading own post becomes realy handy. I see you got "blind" tumbs up

  • Victor Hagendoorn - 2012-01-29 10:08

    Our thoughts go out to the families as well as the fellow employees of the Modikwa mine. Just to make a point Modikwa has the best safety record in South Africa. They were very close to 9 milion fatality free shifts.

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