Sibanye-Stillwater miners stuck in Thembelani mine have been rescued

Sibanye-Stillwater miners stuck in Thembelani mine have been rescued

- The miners became stuck on Tuesday following a rail collapse

- All of them have since been safely brought back to the surface

- No injuries have been reported

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All 1800 Sibanye-Stillwater miners who were trapped underground on Tuesday have been rescues.

The department of mineral resources confirmed their rescue in a public statement.

The miners were stuck in Sibanye-Stillwater's Thembelani mine after the collapse of the rail system which moved miners in and out.

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The miners first became stuck around lunchtime on Tuesday, after some kind of incident took place which damaged the rail infrastructure. The miners spent several hours in the mine, but by 9PM on Tuesday evening most of them had been rescued. 

According to the Mail & Guardian, an alternative exit was established and the miners were brought to the surface this way. So far, none of the miners have been reported as injured.

However, the incident has once again raised concerns about the safety of some of South Africa's mines. Indeed, this is not the first incident of miners becoming trapped this year. Several months ago, miners also became stuck at another Sibanye-Stillwater mine following a power outage, has gathered.

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However, Sibanye-Stillwater maintains that, in the Thembelani mine incident, the miners were in fact not trapped but were merely kept in the mine as a safety precaution. 

Nevertheless, miners union Amcu has criticised the company's handling of the incident.

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