Royal Bafokeng is said to be ordered to suspend mining at shaft

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Oct 26 2017 22:30

Paul Burkhardt and Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg

Johannesburg – Royal Bafokeng Platinum was ordered Thursday by mining inspectors to suspend operations at its North shaft, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The company was issued with a Section 54 notice for the entire shaft, said the people who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

The suspension follows a similar notice a week ago which resulted in the shutdown of the operation at parts of the South shaft for safety reasons.

Inspectors from the Department of Mineral Resources returned to the mine earlier on Thursday, according to the people.

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Ayanda Shezi, a spokeswoman for the department, didn’t immediately return calls made to her mobile phone. Emails to the department weren’t immediately responded to.

The Johannesburg-based miner informed Aforika Borwa Mining Solutions – a company linked to the politically connected Gupta family – that it won’t renew its contract, Royal Bafokeng said last week.

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