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FOUR DIE AT A MINE FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS OF A CONVEYOR BELT FALLING The Police as well as the Rescue team in Balfour are at a certain mine in the area after being informed of a shocking incident whereby four people are believed to have unfortunately lost their lives. It is suspected that a mine conveyor belt fell resulting in the death of the four male persons meanwhile two others are said to have sustained some injuries. The injured were taken to hospital for medical treatment. The incident is said to have occurred today, Thursday 13 April 2023 around 11h45 am.

Circumstances surrounding this incident are yet to be established, including the identities of the victims who unfortunately died. An inquest with regard to the death of the victims will be investigated.  More information will be provided as details come forth.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has sent condolences to their families and wished speedy recovery for the injured victims. The General further called for calm regarding this incident as the event unfolds.

Mpumalanga Press reached out to a leading conveyor manufacturing specialist to comment on the unfortunate incident!

Mpumalanga Press has spoken to Justin van Wyk, at Advantage Conveyors on the importance of conveyor maintenance and what risks they impose. 

“As a leading conveyor manufacturer, we are deeply saddened to hear about the recent incident at the mine where four individuals lost their lives.

While we do not have information about the specific circumstances, we want to emphasize the critical importance of regular maintenance and inspection of conveyor belts in industrial settings.

Conveyor belts are a crucial component of many industrial operations, and they require regular upkeep to ensure safe and efficient performance.

Routine inspections and maintenance can identify potential issues before they become major problems, reducing the risk of accidents and downtime.

It is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance procedures and to address any concerns promptly to keep conveyor belts running smoothly and safely.

We extend our condolences to the families and colleagues of those affected by this tragic incident.”

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