Death toll rises to four at South African gold mine

Seismic event leaves 8 miners trapped underground 7 missing

"Three of the five employees have been returned to surface‚ one of whom regretfully succumbed to his injuries and has passed away".

Thirteen miners were trapped underground at the company's Masakhane mine west of Johannesburg earlier on Thursday after an quake that measured 2.2 caused a cave-in.

Another three workers were still trapped underground at the Driefontein mine, after six others were brought to the surface since a cave-in on Thursday afternoon, Sibanye spokesman James Wellsted said earlier on Friday. Another employee has been located, but two employees remain unaccounted for.

Welsted says it's unclear whether the miners are alive, but they are continuing to try make contact with them.

Mantashe has urged rescue workers not to give up until all the trapped miners are accounted for. "Mining is very unsafe and mineworkers risk life and limb daily to put bread on the table for their families", Amcu said.

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The minerals department said the gold sector had seen an increase in fatalities this year, with Sibanye-Stillwater as one of the main contributors.

A further update will be provided when more information is available.

It called for "more serious intervention" to take place at Sibanye Stillwater operations in South Africa.

In February, almost 1 000 miners were trapped underground for 30 hours following a power cut caused by a storm in another mine owned by Sibanye-Stillwater.

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