Finweek English Edition - - THE WEEK -

Sibanye is to is­sue the depart­ment of min­eral re­sources (DMR) with a R26m le­gal claim fol­low­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion of a num­ber of sec­tion 54 safety stop­pages at Kroon­dal plat­inum mines last year, Min­ingmx re­ported, cit­ing mar­ket sources. The DMR al­legedly op­er­ated out­side the scope of its author­ity fol­low­ing a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in Septem­ber. The ac­ci­dent was caused by non-com­pli­ance by em­ploy­ees to ex­ist­ing safety stan­dards and pro­ce­dures, and there­fore wasn’t con­sid­ered to be a wide-rang­ing threat to em­ployee safety. Yet the DMR stopped pro­duc­tion at Kroon­dal’s five shafts and re­fused to lift the sus­pen­sion for sev­eral days, it re­ported.

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