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Accident in the mine/ 11 workers lost their lives, 75 others were injured

2023-11-28 17:17:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Accident in the mine/ 11 workers lost their lives, 75 others were injured
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An accident occurred in a platinum mine in South Africa.

As a result, 11 workers lost their lives and 75 others were injured, the BBC reports, quoting representatives of the mine.

Impala Platinum chief executive Nico Muller described it as the "darkest day" in the company's history.

South Africa has some of the deepest mines in the world. It is the main producer of platinum, gold and other raw materials.

There have long been concerns about safety conditions in its mines, but the situation has improved since white minority rule ended in 1994.

The latest accident happened on Monday at a mine in Rustenburg, about 100 km (60 miles) north-west of Johannesburg.

Where the accident brings to 55 the number of victims in South African mines this year.

The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa said the workers who died were not "just numbers" but were family.

"This incident is extremely concerning and raises many questions about health and safety issues," he added in a statement.

Impala Platinum said an investigation was underway into the exact cause of the "devastating accident"./ CNA

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