Annews24.com,All 1,800 workers trapped underground at a platinum mine in South Africa have been rescued,
the government’s Department of Mineral Resources has said in a tweet. Rails had fallen down a shaft on Tuesday afternoon, leaving the workers “stuck” underground at the mine in Rustenburg in North West province, the mine’s owner, Sibanye-Stillwater, said.
Efforts had been under way to hoist up those remaining after an accident had blocked a shaft used to transport miners, James Wellsted, Sibanye’s spokesman, said earlier in the evening. The company had been trying to bring them to the surface since 2 p.m. local time.
Workers had congregated at pick-up points about 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) underground after an accident with their transport system, he said, adding no serious injuries had been reported.
The incident revives concerns about safety at Sibanye, which last year suffered a spike in fatal accidents at its gold mines. About 1,000 workers were also trapped underground for more than a day at one of the producer’s operations in February 2018 after a storm damaged power supplies in the area. South Africa, which is the world’s biggest platinum producer, has the deepest mines in the world.