[img:TauTona1_0.JPG|AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, where a memorial service is being held today]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 21 August 2008 - AngloGold Ashanti Limited – the world's third biggest gold producer – announced this morning that production at its Mponeng mine had been halted as workers held a memorial service for a colleague who died at the operation last week.
[img:TauTona1_0.JPG|AngloGold’s Mponeng mine â€’ scene of a weekend fatal accident]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 07 September 2009 - AngloGold Ashanti Limited â€’ the world’s third-largest gold producer â€’ has suspended production at a section of its Mponeng underground mine in South Africa, following a fatal accident.
Confirming this here today, company spokesman Alan Fine said a worker had died in hospital yesterday, following injuries he sustained in a "fall of ground" or subsidence accident at the Mponeng mine the previous day.
AngloGold Ashanti is to develop the Mponeng mine below the 120 level, which will enable to the mine to access an additional 2.5 million ounces of gold. It will add eight years to the mine’s life extending it to and beyond 2024.
The mine, which produced its first gold in 1986, has expanded through a series of deepening projects, the most recent being the extension from 109 to 120 level, which is some 3,400 meters below surface. The Mponeng mine consists of a two shaft system from surface to 85 level and a triple sub-shaft system down to 120 level.
[img:AngloGold%20st_0.jpg|AngloGold’s Mponeng mine]Johannesburg, South Africa --- 07 November 2012 - AngloGold Ashanti has again suspended operations at its Mponeng mine in South Africa â€’ the deepest mine in the world â€’ after a sit-in protest just two days after striking miners had returned to work.
Reuters reports that the disruption is the latest in a wave of often violent wildcat action to hit the mining sector in the world's top platinum producer. Most of the strikes are over, but sporadic protests suggest the friction between miners and their bosses is far from over.
AngloGold spokesman Alan Fine said that while the latest protest had been resolved by Monday evening, the company had decided not to send workers underground because it was not satisfied it could do so safely. “We are concerned about the safety of people and underground assets. Operations have been suspended and management is considering its next steps," Fine added.
Striking miners had just returned to duty at Mponeng, which is more than 4km deep, and AngloGold's TauTona mine after operations had been suspended at both last week.
All of South Africa's major gold producers have been hit by often violent illegal strikes at some or all of their operations in the last three months as labour discontent in the platinum mines spilled over into other sectors.
Gold Fields, the fourth largest bullion producer, said all its three South African operations were back at work, but a smaller operator said it had been hit by a strike. Junior miner Village Main Reef said employees at its Buffelsfontein Gold Mine had embarked on a wildcat strike as of the night shift on Monday.
The wave of strikes is the worst industrial unrest to rock the South African mining sector since the end of apartheid, although most of the roughly 80,000 workers who had downed tools in the last three months were now back underground.
Anglo American Platinum, the world's top producer of the precious metal, is still struggling to get more than 30,000 workers back to work, with an illegal strike at its Rustenburg operations now in its eighth week.
[img:De%20towers_0.JPG|The surface backfill installation at AngloGold’s Tautona gold mine]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 18 August 2008 - Three miners have died in accidents at three different mines in South Africa, and plans are underway to hold special days of mourning.
AngloGold Ashanti Limited – the world's third-biggest gold producer – has temporarily shut the area of its TauTona mine, where one worker was killed last Friday and two others were seriously injured by falling rocks.