Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 June 2008 – Pamodzi Gold Limited – a black-owned South African junior gold mining company – has announced that an accident has occurred at its East Rand operations in Gauteng, claiming the life of one of its employees.
A media release issued here said all raise-line development operations at all the shafts in the company’s East Rand operations had been stopped. An audit and risk assessment, in conjunction with the Department of Minerals and Energy, was being undertaken.
“The accident occurred at number four shaft, where an equipping team leader died after entering a discontinued end through a barricade,” the release revealed. “We are awaiting a post-mortem to determine the cause of death, and the name of the deceased cannot be released until the next of kin have been notified.
“The loss of life at the East Rand operations is unfortunate, as we had just reached 500 000 fatality-free shifts, and we were looking forward to reaching another milestone of one million fatality-free shifts,” said Pamodzi Gold COO Tony Murdoch Eaton. “Our priority is ensuring a safe working environment for all our employees, and this will continue to be an imperative not only as governed by policy, but also embedded in the Pamodzi Gold culture,” he added.