Media statement

The management of Northam Platinum Limited (Northam) regrets to advise the death of an employee, Mr JM Lethiba at its Northam mine in Limpopo Province.

Mr Lethiba failed to report on surface after the shift in the afternoon of Thursday 20 March 2008. Thirty two proto (rescue) teams, mine personnel and three SAP search and rescue canine units spent approximately 48 hours searching for Mr Lethiba. His body was discovered in the evening of Saturday 22 March 2008 in an area about six kilometres from where he had worked.

An investigation into the cause of Mr Lethiba’s death will be conducted in co-operation with the Department of Minerals and Energy and organised labour.

Issued by:

Russell & Associates
Johannesburg
Tel: +27 11 880 3924