Three miners still trapped underground at Sibanye Stillwater mine

13 trapped underground as South African gold mine collapses following earthquake

Three miners are still trapped, and two are still unaccounted for.

"The NUM is angry and concerned at the rate at which mining incidents are happening at Sibanye-Stillwater", the union said in a statement on Friday.

He said initially employees were unaccounted for. "We hope they will be found still alive, healthy and safe", NUM health and safety chairperson, Peter Bailey, said.

He said one of the issues the department had raised with both management and the unions was that they should have pulled those workers out during the first seismic movement.

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On Friday afternoon, the mine was hit by another two seismic events.

The trio became trapped following an initial seismic event on Thursday along with 10 of their colleagues. "But we will continue trying to get them up", said Wellsted.

He said the rescue operation would go on through the night.

"The tremors that took place were quite distant from the area.

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It's about 3.5 km from where our rescue teams are busy trying to recover the employees that were affected yesterday".

Rescue operations have entered their second day at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein mine in Carletonville‚ near Johannesburg.

In January a power outage trapped hundreds miners underground at the Beatrix operations in the Free State province, although all were safely returned to surface. Four have been confirmed dead due to the rock fall and six are in the hospital in a stable condition.

Wellsted said there had been eight fatalities at Driefontein this year.

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