Mantashe meets mine, unions after fatalities

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File: Gold companies AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef met Amcu, NUM, Solidarity and Uasa over three days last week.

File: Gold companies AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef met Amcu, NUM, Solidarity and Uasa over three days last week.

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File: Gold companies AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef met Amcu, NUM, Solidarity and Uasa over three days last week.

File: Gold companies AngloGold Ashanti, Evander Gold Mines, Harmony, Sibanye Gold and Village Main Reef met Amcu, NUM, Solidarity and Uasa over three days last week.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has lambasted mining companies.

This after the deaths of four mine workers at Sibanye-Stillwater&39;s Kloof mine near Westonaria.

The search for a fifth miner continues.

Several weeks ago, seven miners were killed following a seismic event at another Sibanye-Stillwater operation in Carletonville.

WATCH: Sibanye-Stillwater mine workers fear for their lives

Mantashe says the biggest challenge for the mining industry is stemming the deaths in the sector.

"My own observation is that there is a big challenge for us to stop the riff from becoming a killing field," he said.

Meanwhile, the Bench Marks Foundation says the number of deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater&39;s operations suggests the company&39;s putting profit ahead of worker safety.

Unions Amcu and NUM are calling for serious intervention at Sibanye-Stillwater.