Buffalo hit sees Amplats CEO in wheelchair at Mining Indaba

Johannesburg - The chief executive officer of Anglo American Platinum [JSE:AMS], the world’s biggest producer of the metal, was injured by a buffalo while on holiday in December.

Chris Griffith "had an encounter with a buffalo and sustained injuries," the Johannesburg-based company said in an emailed response to questions on Wednesday, without saying where the attack happened. "He is back in the office; we are all wishing him a speedy recovery."

He was seen in a wheelchair this week at the Mining Indaba, an industry conference in Cape Town.

Griffith manages a R94bn company that has been selling and winding down its older, less-profitable operations to cut costs and adjust to a platinum price that has fallen 40% in the past five years.
 
Sibanye Gold [JSE:SGL] bought three of the Anglo American [JSE:AGL] unit’s operations in South Africa last year.

In 2012, Anglo’s then CEO, Cynthia Carroll, underwent an operation following a hip injury she suffered during a horse-riding accident.

Cape Buffaloes, the variety found in Africa, are considered to be among the most dangerous of wild animals.

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