Sibanye Stillwater says it is saddened by the passing of two of its mine rescue team members who died at the Thuthukani Shaft in Westonaria in Gauteng.
The company says the team members were searching for an employee who went missing while on duty on Sunday.
The exact circumstances around their deaths are unclear, but Sibanye Stillwater said the two men were overcome by heat during the search. The mining company said the incident will be investigated once the search and rescue operation is concluded.
Sibanye spokesperson, James Wellsted, said the search for the missing employee continues and further details would be provided as soon as possible.
The mining giant has reported a 45% improvement in the gold sector total injury frequency rate between 2012 and 2020, but continues to record deaths at its operations.