Sibanye said on Monday it had lowered its 2018 South African gold output forecast by 6% to between 1.17-million and 1.21-million ounces because of the safety incidents, the halt of mining at part of the Masakhane mine affected by a seismic event in May and a power disruption at its Beatrix mine. Of the 43 fatalities at SA’s mines in 2018, 21 were at Sibanye’s gold mines, drawing stinging criticism from unions, nongovernmental organisations and a class action suit in New York seeking a trial by jury of CEO Neal Froneman and chief financial officer Charl Keyter who are alleged to have been "aware of or recklessly disregarded the fact that the false and misleading statements were being issued concerning the company" around safety. On Monday, Froneman and his management team hosted a conference call with South African and US analysts to tackle concerns around the firm’s dismal safety performance, outlining meetings with unions and the Department of Mineral Resources to agree on a joint ...

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