The trapped workers were not responding to attempts to contact or locate them, he said.
"Three of the five employees have been returned to surface‚ one of whom regretfully succumbed to his injuries and has passed away". He said two are still unaccounted for. We thank everyone involved in the rescue operations since yesterday, especially the proto rescue teams and other stakeholders, who are continuing to make every effort to free and to locate the remaining and unaccounted for employees.
Cosatu said it was "alarmed by the deteriorating and poor safety record of Sibanye Stillwater mining company".
The South African Department of Mineral Resources and all unions were site to assist with the rescue efforts, Sibanye said in an emailed statement earlier.
According to an update by the National Union of Mineworkers Friday, one of the deceased was a NUM member.
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Four miners were killed and three others were trapped underground after an quake hit a gold mine outside Johannesburg, its owners said Friday.
The company also produces platinum and has operations in the U.S.
"Greater attention must be paid to issues of mine safety and protection of lives, as opposed to the insistence of chasing production", he said.
Thirteen miners were initially trapped about 3km below the surface but rescuers managed to get several out, company spokesperson James Wellsted told AFP.