955 Sibanye Gold Mine workers successfully rescued from underground


A potential disaster was averted in the early hours of Friday morning, as the workers trapped in the Sibanye Gold Mine were all safely rescued after becoming trapped underground.

Efforts to free the miners continued through the entirety of Thursday and into Friday morning. At the break of dawn, the Department of Mineral Resources confirmed that the operation had been completed:

What caused the Sibanye Gold Mine incident?
The miners had been stuck down there for almost 36 hours, after a storm on Wednesday night caused a sudden power outage. The electrical cables which operate lifts in and out of the mine were severely damaged by the adverse whether conditions. When the cables were struck, 955 miners were in the shaft.

With everyone accounted for, the attention will now turn to an investigation. Though no-one can be held accountable for mother nature, questions have to be asked about how this situation can be avoided in the future.

Could this all have been avoided?
For a start, it has been revealed that the Sibanye Gold Mine doesn’t actually have a back up generator. When one power source goes down, the whole of the operation is put in jeopardy. They are left to rely on Eskom to restore and maintain their electricity.

Even the rescue mission is facing a line of inquiry:

Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will visit the Free State mine later on Friday to determine what the department must do to ensure the safety of all mine workers in the future.



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