Mining firm slams 'sensationalist' claims following worker deaths

The mining firm at the centre of the fatal Masakahne disaster has hit back at claims the firm sent workers to their deaths.

On Saturday it was confirmed that seven Sibanye-Stillwater employees died underground at the mine, while six others are recovering in hospital.

It followed a seismic incident on Thursday at the site in Driefontein, Mpumalanga.

It's quite inaccurate and a bit sensationalist. The miners were already working underground, they were in the middle of a day shift.

James Wellsted, Head of investors relations at Sibanye-Stillwater

READ: Ramaphosa mourns the deaths of Driefontein miners

I saw the accusation of them not being pulled out. We do have seismic monitoring systems, they are not able to predict where seismic events are going to happen.

James Wellsted, Head of investors relations at Sibanye-Stillwater

Meanwhile, Mining Indaba advisory board member Frans Baleni says there are serious safety challenges facing the mining industry.

I remember in 2005 we had miners who were dismissed in the Driefontein who had refused to work in an unsafe place.

Frans Baleni, Member of the Mining Indaba advisory board

What we have been saying in the past is, that the technology which detects the seismic event seems to be inadequate. It does not give you sufficient notice to evacuate people.

Frans Baleni, Member of the Mining Indaba advisory board

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