Hundreds trapped underground in Free State mine

RedViking

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Welkom – More than 900 miners are trapped underground in a Sibanye Gold mine in the Free State, following an electric cable outage after a storm on Wednesday night.

Sibanye-Stillwater spokesperson James Wellsted said on Thursday afternoon that all the miners have been accounted for and are safe. Operators are currently trying to restore power to the shaft so that the miners can leave.

He said generators had been brought in to assist.

"We are experiencing some issues, but they [the miners] have all been accounted for," Wellsted said.........
More here:https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/hundreds-trapped-underground-in-free-state-mine-20180201
 

Hemi300c

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One would have thought that they would have had backup power on things like lifts and the air supply units?
 

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One would have thought that they would have had backup power on things like lifts and the air supply units?
Probably too expensive - I imagine a mine's headgear is one of the largest power users as is. It is probably also designed and built for very reliability, maybe this is a case of neglected or poor maintenance.
 

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Probably too expensive - I imagine a mine's headgear is one of the largest power users as is. It is probably also designed and built for very reliability, maybe this is a case of neglected or poor maintenance.
Will get the Exact motor size for you guys tomorrow at work. But no. mobile turbine generator from Eskom are not large enough to hoist a single cage. then there is the sine wave syncing between multiple generators that also takes time and cost more than just leaving the miners there until the lines are fixed.

Illegal miners live and stay down there for months in any case.
 

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Investigate Sibanye for attempted murder charges‚ says parliament committee


Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources on Friday welcomed the successful rescue of hundreds of mine workers‚ but said it still wants tough action to be taken against the company.

About 950 miners were returned to the surface on Friday after being stuck underground at Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix mine. The incident was caused by a power outage.

“We would like to extend our appreciation to Eskom engineers who worked tirelessly to restore power. However‚ this good news will not absolve the mine management from being held accountable‚” said committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo.

The committee earlier said Sibanye should have had a backup plan to prevent the incident from occurring.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...ted-murder-charges-says-parliament-committee/
 

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Woman power! These Eskom ladies helped save Sibanye miners


Eskom has praised its female team leaders for coordinating the restoration of electricity supply so that trapped miners could be rescued overnight.

The power supply was fully restored at 01h40 on Friday.

"We salute technicians from the Eskom Free State Operating Unit who worked around the clock to restore power supply under very tough conditions. We wish all the rescued miners well‚" said Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe.

A power outage at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix mine in the Free State left 950 workers trapped underground. The miners were all rescued on Friday morning.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...hese-eskom-ladies-helped-save-sibanye-miners/
 

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Rescued Sibanye Gold miners receiving medical attention after being trapped underground for over 24 hours

Welkom - The National Union of Mineworkers confirmed on Friday morning that all 955 Sibanye Gold mine workers who were trapped underground have been resurfaced.

"The mine workers were rescued at around 06:30 this morning," the union's national spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu confirmed to News24.

"They are currently getting medical check-ups. No injuries were sustained - they are just exhausted."

A meeting was set to be held later at the mine's training centre with management after all the workers had been attended to medically.

Sibanye Gold spokesperson James Wellsted also confirmed that the miners had been brought to the surface and that there were no serious injuries.

"There were some people with dehydration and few cases of high blood pressure and 16 of our older employees needed drips - but everything was successful.

"We are providing counselling for them and their families where it's necessary," Wellsted told News24.

Storm

The miners were trapped underground at their Beatrix mine unit following an electric cable outage after a storm on Wednesday night. The mine worked around the clock to restore the power supply in order to rescue them.

"[They have been trapped for quite some time now and [are] quite fatigued, but they are in an area that is ventilated," Wellsted said on Thursday evening.

He added that they had been in constant contact with the miners, who had access to food and water and were in no danger.

During the course of Thursday, the mine had managed to rescue 272 miners from shaft four and 64 from shaft one. This excluded the 955 miners that were still underground.

At 02:30 on Friday morning power was restored and just after 05:00 the majority of the miners had been rescued, with only seven still needing to be resurfaced, Wellsted said.

By 06:30, all 955 were back above ground.

Anxious family members

Sibanye Gold Beatrix mine, which is about 30km away from Welkom, is located on the R30 road in Theunissen in the Free State.

Family members and friends of the miners began gathering outside the mine after hearing news that their loved ones were trapped underground.

One of them was Patience Ntswayi, whose husband was working the night shift on Wednesday night. When he did not return home on Thursday morning, she became worried.

"He would normally come back at 06:00 in the morning," she said.

"I tried to call him throughout the day and when I was at work I rushed home to see if he was home sleeping but I could not find him."

Covered in a blanket and patiently waiting outside the mine on Thursday night, a visibly shaken Ntswayi said she was in the dark about her husband's situation.

"We don't know what is happening and [what] we heard is that they are safe and they were given water. I am so frustrated."

She had left their two children, aged 15 and three, at home to rush to the mine.

Families were forced to sit outside the mine, patiently waiting to be updated about their loved ones after security officials barred them and the media from entering the gate.

Ntshwayi was not the only family member who was alerted by the news that their loved ones were trapped.

Concern

Siyabonga Sikade who is part of the Free State ANC youth league's provincial executive committee (PEC) said he also found out from news reports that his uncle who was on nightshift was trapped in the mine.

"We are concerned and nobody said anything to our families. They were all quiet and we heard from the 20:00 news," Sikade said while sitting outside.

His uncle has been working for the mine for more than 30 years.

"People that were supposed to have been at their homes by 06:00 are still trapped - nobody is sure... whether they are eating or drinking."

Sikade said he was confident that his uncle would come out unharmed.

He said his brother and father who are also employed by the mine were "lucky" that they were working day shift on Wednesday.

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News24
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...rapped-underground-for-over-24-hours-20180202
 

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Not fun being trapped deep underground, with 899 other people...

Must take some iron guts not to succumb to mass panic.
 

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https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sibanye-gold-mine-rescue-parliamentary-committee-slams-companys-attitude-to-safety-20180202

"It is utterly unacceptable that an underground mine, whose operation takes place under the light of a bulb, could attribute its failure to bringing workers on the surface to [a] power outage. This goes to demonstrate the attitude of management towards safety," committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo said.

Luzipo said a caring management would have foreseen such an event, and devised a back-up plan.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is insisting that the mine remain shut, pending a full investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources.

"They should not be allowed to operate until they can guarantee the safety of workers," said spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

And what about the water problem ? Shut down the fcking goverment until they get things fixed. Dumb and dumber at work here.
 

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https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sibanye-gold-mine-rescue-parliamentary-committee-slams-companys-attitude-to-safety-20180202

"It is utterly unacceptable that an underground mine, whose operation takes place under the light of a bulb, could attribute its failure to bringing workers on the surface to [a] power outage. This goes to demonstrate the attitude of management towards safety," committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo said.

Luzipo said a caring management would have foreseen such an event, and devised a back-up plan.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is insisting that the mine remain shut, pending a full investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources.

"They should not be allowed to operate until they can guarantee the safety of workers," said spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

And what about the water problem ? Shut down the fcking goverment until they get things fixed. Dumb and dumber at work here.
The have a point though. Why doesn't the mine have backup generators?
 

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Mine's have back up generators. Problem is, these generators can only power so much. So you can't load a cage full of people and hoist them up, you've got limits as to how much weight the winder can hoist. In this scenario, i'm not sure. Will wait for final findings report.

My point: Look at all the schit happening in the country and NEVER will the government take any blame. Nor any municipality. Fckem.
 

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Excuse my ignorance, I'm not big into mining, but why not?

Surely they could have critical systems hooked up to a backup generator?
Seen the big-ass electrical engine powering the winch mechanism?

It uses the power a small town usually uses, a generator won't be of much help here.
 
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