Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 21 July 2009 – The death toll in the mining accident at Impala Platinum’s flagship operation in Rustenburg has risen to seven, and rescue teams are still searching for two mineworkers who have not been accounted for.
Revealing this in a statement issued here, Impala said: “It is with regret that during the course of the night, and in consultation with the Department of Mineral Resources and the National Union of Mine Workers, it became necessary to change our focus from rescue to recovery.
“We can confirm at this stage that seven employees have been fatally injured. Rescue teams remain at the scene searching for the remaining two unaccounted employees,” it added.
The mineworkers were killed when a major fall of ground occurred yesterday at 14 Shaft in Rustenburg. All operations at the shaft have been suspended.
Impala has said that further details will be made public as they become available.