Modikwa Mine
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A bus transporting Modikwa Mine employees from the Ga-Maroga village who were on their way to Modikwa Mine was set alight by unknown individuals on Monday evening, 2 April 2018.

Consequently, six employees tragically lost their lives, while 44 others are receiving medical attention.

Anglo American Platinum and African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) as joint partners in Modikwa Mine, strongly condemn this senseless attack on their mine employees.

"The partners, along with Modikwa Mine management, are deeply saddened by this incident and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased," the partners commented.

"We are providing the employees and families impacted by this incident with support to get through this difficult time and wish the injured a full recovery."

The South African Police Services (SAPS) has launched an investigation into the incident.

Modikwa Mine management is working closely with SAPS and other local stakeholders to assist in the investigation and to the ensure safety of our employees

Modikwa Mine

The mine began operations in the mid-1920s.

The mine produced nearly 2.45 million tons of run of mine during 2008-2009.

The mine contains up to 56 million tons of mineral reserves.

It hosts a north to north-west trending igneous layer that dips 10° towards the west.

The mine is located 15 km northwest of Burgersfort, along the border between the South African provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The operation comprises an underground mine, some 450 m deep, with three decline shafts and a concentrator.

ARM Mining Consortium holds 50% while a 17% stake in ARM Mining Consortium is held by two Section 21 companies representing communities around Modikwa.

ARM has an effective 41.5% economic stake in the Modikwa operation.