Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 11 July 2008 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited – the world’s third-biggest gold producer – has revealed that deaths at its South African and foreign mines fell by two-thirds during the first half of this year.
There were four fatalities at AngloGold’s South African mines between January and June this year, compared to 12 in the first six months of 2007, the company said in an e- mailed response to a question from Bloomberg News.
South Africa’s government started shutting mines temporarily after more than 3 000 workers were trapped for more than a day at Harmony Gold Mining Company’s Elandsrand mine in October last year. President Thabo Mbeki ordered a national audit of mines after the incident. The deal toll at mines in South Africa rose last year for the first time since 2002.
The company went on to point out that the total number of fatalities at all AngloGold’s operations – both South African and foreign – also fell by two-thirds to 6 from 18 in the first half of this year, Bloomberg reports.