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News24.com | Second death in 30 days at Limpopo mine

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Burgersfort - A platinum miner in Limpopo was killedafter the brakes failed on a utility vehicle she was in at the AtlatsaResources Bokoni mine near Burgersfort.

This is the second death

at the mine in 30 days.

Ramadimetja Degrecia Phaladi died at the Brakfonteinshaft earlier in the week. The mine said her colleague, Topase Suzan Bhembe,was injured and was in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

"Whilst the investigation is ongoing, all operationsrelated to the use of trackless equipment at the Brakfontein shaft have beensuspended," Atlatsa Resources spokesperson Prudence Lebinasaid.
"The Atlatsa board of directors and management extend their condolences toMs Phaladi's family and friends."

The death has prompted the National Union of Mineworkers(NUM) to call for a speedy investigation and improvement in mine safety.

NUM branch chairperson Thapelo Madintsi told News24 onFriday that they were shocked by the accident.

"We are very concerned about the fatal accident inthe mine - it is the second incident within a month," said Madintsi.

"It is very disturbing... when workers gounderground, we expect them to return to their families, not to perish."

The mine said on January 14 that Kganki NicholasKupa, a scraper winch operator at the Brakfontein shaft, had died whileunderground.

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