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South Africa: 4 miners die at Impala Platinum mine - unions & NGOs urge better safety measures by mining firms

Four miners were killed in an underground fire at Impala Platinum mine, near Rustenburg in South Africa. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and the Bench Marks Foundation among others, have expressed concern over the company's health and safety standards at the mine, arguing that the deaths could have been avoided. Components related to this story, including a statement by the company, are below: