Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 18 March 2009 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited – Africa’s largest gold miner – has closed its Moab Khotsong underground mine in the wake of a fatal accident resulting from a fall of ground.
Revealing this here, the company confirmed that a worker had been killed in the accident, and that it had shut the operation indefinitely.
AngloGold spokeswoman Julia Schoeman said it was unclear how long the mine would remain closed. “It will affect production, and approximately 45 kg of gold per day will be lost," she told Reuters.
Moab Khotsong produced 71 000 ounces of gold in the December quarter – up 4% from the previous three months.
A total of 168 workers died in South African mines last year, a drop of 24% on the figure for 2007. So far more than 30 workers have died in South African mines this year.
The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has been trying to reduce the fatalities, and has routinely ordered a temporary closure of operations when a death occurs.