There were more questions than answers on how five miners ended up in an “abandoned working area” with no working ventilation. Four have died and the search for the fifth miner is still on at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Ikamva shaft at Kloof operations outside Carletonville.
Commonly known as a “madala site” (old or abandoned site) among miners, such areas were expected to be sealed at all times. It was also standard practice that workers would not be allowed into any working area until ventilation supply had been restored.
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