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Vedanta Zinc International regrets to advise a fatal accident at Black Mountain Mine

Johannesburg, 12 January 2020: The management of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) and Black Mountain Mining are deeply saddened to advise that a fatal accident occurred at Black Mountain Mine (BMM) in the Northern Cape on Friday night, 10 January 2020.

Ms Venessa Plagg, who worked as a Mining Operator at Black Mountain Mine Deeps Shaft was fatally injured in an isolated fall of ground that occurred at approximately 23:00 on Friday night at Deeps Level 49.

Ms Plagg was married to Melvin Plagg, who also works at BMM, and has two young daughters.

All production at the Deeps operation has been suspended. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has been informed, and the DMRE’s Chief Inspector of Mines for the Northern Cape joined management and unions for an underground site inspection yesterday (Saturday 11 January). VZI is working with the DMRE on lifting the conditions pertaining to the Section 54 notice which had been issued.

VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo notes that, “We are devastated by this tragic loss, and offer our sincere condolences to Venessa’s family, especially Melvin and her two daughters. We offer all our support to them during this terrible time.”

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Marika Muller
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Charmane Russell
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