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Johannesburg/Nairobi: About 1,000 workers are trapped underground at Sibanye Gold Ltd’s Beatrix mine in South Africa’s Free State province after a power failure at the mine, according to a local labour union.

The incident began at about 8pm on Wednesday, National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu said by phone.

About 40 workers have been rescued and brought to the surface, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union said on its Twitter account.

The company is using a generator to try and restore the elevator for workers to return to surface, in the meantime they are rescuing workers one by one, Mammburu said.

A company spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Officials from the department of minerals are on site and providing advice, the department said on Twitter. “Currently all employees still underground are accounted for," it said.

The workers are safe and receiving food and water and aren’t in danger, Reuters reported, citing the company. Bloomberg

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