Diamond Corp announced on Tuesday that underground mining operations have commenced at its Lace diamond mine in South Africa after an incident occurred that led to an employee being hospitalised.
Further to the announcement of 18 July 2016, the South Africa Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) gave permission to DiamondCorp for an immediate resumption of underground mining operations.
On 15 July, the DMR investigated a fall of ground incident in a development tunnel on the 310 m level at the Lace diamond mine.
The outcome of the investigation was an instruction that all miners’ assistants undertake refresher training in the handling and charging up of explosives.
The incident occurred when explosive misfires were being made safe and resulted in a miner’s assistant suffering contusions and four cracked ribs. The employee was hospitalised for observation.
However, there is no material financial impact as a result of the temporary suspension, but DiamondCorp reported at the time that it would not be able to mine its target of 30 000 t of ore in July.
Although the management of the company expects to achieve this rate in August, it aims to make up the July shortfall by the end of September.