Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 06 May 2008 – Leading international gold producer Gold Fields Limited says normal mining operations will resume in mining areas at 95 level and above at the South Deep Gold Mine near Westonaria on Thursday morning, after a day of mourning and a memorial service which are to be held at the Twin Shaft complex tomorrow.
A news release issued here late yesterday said that at a meeting at the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) with mine management and trade unions, the chief inspector of mines had agreed that the conditions of a Section 54 order had been met, and the mine could now recommence mining operations.
Tomorrow’s memorial service follows the tragic shaft accident last Thursday in which nine colleagues lost their lives, and the fall of ground accident two days earlier in which another colleague died.
A Gold Fields statement said the letter, signed jointly by the South Deep management and the trade unions, had been sent to employees on the mine informing them of the memorial service, and pointing out that tomorrow had been set aside as a day of mourning.
In the letter, South Deep head of the operations Stuart Allan, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) branch chairperson Kanetso Matabane, and full-time United Associations of South Africa, (UASA) representative Pieter Nel reminded employees of their commitment to co-operate with the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) in its investigation into the shaft accident.
It added that, contrary to certain media reports, the Section 54 order issued by the DME in respect of South Deep was fully complied with and, subsequent to it being issued, only essential services for emergency purposes had been conducted underground at South Deep.