Gold Fields has announced that an employee at its South Deep mine in South Africa lost his life in a mining incident this morning.

Vumile Mgcine (46), a shaft timberman, succumbed from injuries sustained while attempting to unblock a chute outlet on an underground conveyor belt. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has been advised of the tragic incident and an in loco inspection, led by the DMRE with trade union representatives and mine management, will take be held.

South Deep’s HR team is providing assistance to the deceased employee’s family, who will also be supported in accordance with a range of the mine’s policies.  

The mine has stood down all activities this evening to brief employees and offer counselling to those in need of support. 

Chris Griffith, CEO of Gold Fields, says:

“As I start my work at Gold Fields, there is no more tragic reminder of the overriding importance of safety at our mines than the death of a colleague. My heartfelt condolences go out to Vumile’s family, friends and colleagues. Management will do everything possible to support them in this hour of need.”