Acacia Mining, the LSE-listed African gold miner on Friday reported a fatality at its North Mara gold operation in Tanzania.

Chacha Range, an operator for one of Acacia’s contractors at North Mara, passed away as a result of a vehicle accident at the mine. The accident occurred at approximately 3 a.m., when the haul truck he was driving overturned on the haul road to the Gokona deposit.

Acacia North Mara
Acacia Mining’s North Mara mine in Tanzania

There were no other injuries reported. Investigations into the incident are underway and all relevant authorities have been informed.

Brad Gordon, Acacia’s CEO and his management team have expressed their sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased.

Upgrading North Mara and Bulyanhulu

Acacia spent the first six months of 2015 working to ensure its Bulyanhulu and North Mara mines in Tanzania in order to generate strong cash flow for the company.

“Over the first half of 2015 we made further progress at each of our mines, with a particular focus on laying the foundations for the future at Bulyanhulu and North Mara,” says Gordon.

At North Mara, first stoping ore from the Gokona Underground project was ahead of schedule in Q2, 2015.

Reducing staff

In December last year Acacia announced it had accelerated its organisational change structure process in response to the current weaker gold price which will see about 27% of its workforce leave the company over the next few months.

The organisational change structure forms part of Acacia’s process to drive productivity and cash flow across the company which operates mines in Tanzania, an initiative which has been on-going for the last two years.

27% of Acacia’s workforce represents around 1 050 employees of which some have already left. The exits are through a combination of voluntary separation agreements and redundancies.

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