Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 17 September 2008 – Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) – the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals – has shut its second-biggest mine following the death of a worker in an incident on Monday.
“The entire Amandelbult mine is not producing” Angloplat spokesman Simon Tebele told Reuters. He confirmed that blasting and mining work had been halted on Monday pending investigations. It was unclear when mining would resume, and he could not say how much output had been lost.
Tebele added that a memorial would be held tomorrow for the worker who had been killed, and that no output was expected to take place.
Amandelbult produced 195 200 ounces in the half year to June 2008, after losing 91 100 ounces due to flooding at the mine.
Reuters reports that more than 120 workers have died in mines so far this year, compared to 221 last year and 200 in 2006. The fatalities have prompted a nationwide strike and frequent stoppages by mineworkers, a national safety audit of mines, and a review of the country’s mine safety laws.
South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy has resorted to shutting down mines or shafts routinely after fatal incidents, requiring companies to improve safety measures before production can restart.