15 July 2018 Read: 3100
Palabora Copper (better known as PMC) has issued a press release wherein they claim that two of their employees lost their lives in a fire in their underground operations.
There are still four miners trapped underground as the smoke and heat of the fire has made it very difficult and extremely dangerous for the Proto Teams to enter the shaft. The fire started at Conveyor 5 during the early hours of this morning.
Officials from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) are joined by mine management at the site and will be conducting investigations into the exact cause of the fire. Speculations have made the rounds, but at this stage we feel that it would be insensitive to discuss those details in light of the tragedy.
“Given the sensitivity of the matter, we are unable to provide additional details as we are in contact with the families of our employees who have lost lives and those that are confined underground,” said Lydia Radebe, Head of Communications at Palabora Copper.