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Impala Platinum locates body of second missing miner at Rustenburg 1 Shaft

Ohemile Moses Maamogwa, a 55 year old rock drill operator with 31 years’ service at the company, has been missing since a fall of ground incident at Impala Rustenburg’s 1 Shaft on 17 May 2016. His body will now be recovered by mine rescue teams and brought to surface.

This follows the recovery of the body of 40 year old Tanki Samuel Lepitikoe on 19 May 2016 – the other mineworker involved in the tragic fall of ground incident, who was employed as a rock‐drill operator at Impala Rustenburg with four  years’ service with the company.

Impala Platinum said in a media release on Friday that mine management, together with members of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), and the Association of Mineworker and Construction Union (AMCU) will continue to spend time with the family of Maamogwa to offer its condolences, and support and assistance in these difficult circumstances.

The intensive search and rescue operation in very challenging and unstable ground conditions was conducted by specialised mine rescue teams from Implats and the Mine Rescue Services (MRS), supported by the DMR.

Impala Platinum CEO Terence Goodlace extended his deepest sympathies to the mineworkers’ colleagues, families and friends and thanked everyone who assisted in the intensive search and rescue operation, especially the mine rescue teams and representatives from the DMR and AMCU.

He added that Impala Platinum is working closely with the families to provide the required support and assistance following the accident.

Impala Platinum said that it would now mobilise specialised teams to investigate the accident.

Chantelle Kotze
Chantelle Kotze is a Johannesburg-based media professional. She is a contributor at Mining Review Africa (Clarion Events - Africa) and has created content for the media brand over the past 6 years.