Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 September 2008 – Anglo Platinum Limited – the world’s top producer of the precious metal – says a worker has been killed at its Amandelbult mine on the Western Bushveld Complex.
Company spokesman Simon Tebele told Reuters that the fatality had occurred at 03h00 this morning, but was unable to provide any further information on what happened. He could not provide details on whether production had been affected, and if the mine would be shut down because of the accident.
The news agency said South Africa – the world’s top source of platinum and a major gold producer – had a bad safety record for underground mining, and the government routinely shut down operations temporarily after deaths so that companies could probe mine safety or make repairs.
Last week a worker was killed at Anglo Platinum’s Lebowa mine in Limpopo.
This latest accident brings to 121 the number of mineworkers who lost their lives at work this year, according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The union has called on members to stay away from work each time a mineworker is killed in South African mines.