Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 27 October 2009 – Harmony Gold Mining Company “’ the fifth-biggest gold producer in the world and Africa’s number three “’ says rescue teams have freed two workers who had been trapped underground yesterday at its Target mine in the Free State.
A statement released here said the men had been trapped in a fall-of-ground accident in which two miners had lost their lives. A company spokesman confirmed that the two rescued men had been admitted to hospital and were in a stable condition.
The spokesman added that an investigation into the accident was underway, and that no mining was taking place in the immediate vicinity of the accident.
South Africa has the world’s deepest mines and one of the highest rates of work-related mining deaths in the industrialised world.
Reuters reports that last year 168 workers died in mines, down 24% from the previous year. So far this year more than 120 miners have died in South African mines.