Impala Platinum also known as Implats said on Wednesday that two workers were missing after a shaft collapsed at its Rustenburg mine in South Africa.Operations at the shaft were suspended when it collapsed on Tuesday, trapping nine workers underground before seven were rescued, Implats’ Investor Relations Officer, Alice Lourens, said.
Lourens said that the company, the world’s second-biggest platinum producer, was trying to find the missing workers.
It was not immediately clear how much output the company had lost following the closure of the shaft.
“It’s difficult to quantify, it depends on an investigation. It’s too early to say,” said Lourens, adding that cause of the collapse at the mine had not been established.
It would be recalled that four employees of the company died in January at one of Implats’ Rustenburg shafts following a fire.