Fatal accident at Zondereinde mine

The management of Northam Platinum Limited (Northam) regrets to advise the death of two employees following an accident at the company’s Zondereinde division this morning, Tuesday 20 July 2010.

Initial investigations this morning, conducted by management, members of the safety inspectorate of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and union representatives, indicate that the accident was the result of a localised fall of ground in a cross-cut some 1 350 metres underground. The area had been supported with grouted roofbolts.

Drilling and blasting activities have been suspended while management implements an audit of support compliance and ground conditions throughout the underground workings.

No one else sustained any injuries as a result of the accident.

The names of the deceased are being withheld until their next of kin have been advised.

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