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Gold mine:About 950 workers trapped underground

South Africa is a leading gold producer of Gold, but the industry has often been accused of a poor safety record over the years which have to sales to about 950 workers trapped underground.

​About 950 workers remain trapped in a gold mine in South Africa after a storm caused a power cut, preventing them from getting out,

Without electricity, lifts could not bring the night shift workers to the surface, but they “appear to be fine”, a spokesman for their employer said.

He said about 65 miners have so far been rescued and all are accounted for.

Trade union officials said they feared that the lives of the miners, trapped since Wednesday night, were at risk.

The Beatrix mine is in Welkom town, about 290km (180 miles) south-west of Johannesburg. It is owned by Sibanye-Stillwater mining firm.

It has 23 levels, going down to 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) below ground.

South Africa has some of the world’s deepest and most dangerous mines.

More than 80 fatalities were recorded in the country’s mines in 2017 and here in 2018 another bad record has begun. Stay tuned to our Twitter handle @asehappen_news IG @asehappen for more on trapped workers

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