This follows the successful operation undertaken by mine rescue teams who were deployed underground to contain the fire, believed to have started during maintenance work on a bulk air cooler on 75 level, 2 300 m below ground, and to bring employees to surface.
Says Graham Briggs, CEO: “We are extremely grateful that all of our colleagues have been brought to surface, without injury. This is to the credit of our systems, employees, the unions, and mine management who have worked tirelessly over the past 12 hours. I also want to extend our thanks to mine rescue services for their efforts.”
Investigations into the cause of the fire will be conducted jointly with the Department of Mineral Resources and mine management.