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It is with great sadness that BHP Billiton advises that Thaboetsile Justice Mabale, an employee of the Wessels manganese mine in South Africa, has passed away following an accident on 28 November 2010.

Thaboetsile was 37 and leaves behind a wife and three children. BHP Billiton is providing the family with support and assistance and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Wessels, one of the Hotazel manganese mines, has suspended operations and a full investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of this tragic accident.

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