Sibanye-Stillwater has confirmed that its Kloof gold mine in the Gauteng province of South Africa has returned to normal production operations following a Sept. 19 incident at the site where a miner went missing.
The company, which located the body of the missing miner the evening of Sept. 22 after extensive search efforts by mine research and rescue teams, told Miners News that the investigation into the cause of the event is still ongoing and is in its early stages.
A Sept. 23 Sibanye-Stillwater statement said the unidentified worker was found in the back area of the 36 level of the mine’s Thuthukani shaft, which was some distance away, and a level below, where he had been performing electrical maintenance work.
For unknown reasons, the miner said, he became separated from his team after completing the task.
“A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident, including the reasons the employee ventured into an area he should not have been in, will be carried out,” officials said last week in the days following the incident.