Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 20 January 2009 – Harmony Gold Mining Company – the third-largest producer of gold in Africa – hopes to re-start all operations tomorrow, following a fatal weekend accident at its Elandsrand mine.
The company halted production at Elandsrand following a seismic event in which one miner died nearly 2 800m below the surface. Chief operating officer Alwyn Pretorius told Bloomberg News that while gold production had stopped, development of tunnels was continuing. “We expect to restart all operations tomorrow,” he said, adding that talks between managers and the government probably resume today.
Bloomberg News quotes Pretorius as saying that the two-day shutdown probably will cost between 30 and 40 kilograms of production. The mine produces 500 kilograms of gold a month.