The Mercury

Miner dies after water-jetting injury

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Northam Platinum suspended water jet cleaning operations at its Zondereind­e division in Limpopo in late May after an employee, who died on Friday, was injured. “Subsequent to the accident, water-jetting in developmen­t areas at the mine has stopped while the investigat­ion takes place,” Northam spokeswoma­n Charmane Russell said. “The name of the employee who died will be withheld until next of kin have been informed,” she said. Lesiba Seshoka, the spokesman for the National Union of Mineworker­s, said the death was “very sad”. “We are actually very disappoint­ed by that, because clearly the number of mineworker­s losing their lives are continuing to rise. Up to the end of May, 53 workers have lost their lives,” Seshoka said. Northam shares closed 0.7 percent lower at R44.20 on Friday. – Sapa

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