Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 13 October 2010 – Gold Fields Limited “’ the world’s fourth-largest listed gold miner “’ has announced that production at the No. 3 shaft of its Beatrix mine in South Africa has been halted following a fatality which occurred after a fall of ground yesterday.
The shaft will remain closed until we have met certain requirements set by the Inspector of Mines,” said spokesman Sven Lunsche. “The inspector is due to return to the mine today, and should he then give the go-ahead to resume production, the impact on output would have been immaterial,” Lunsche added.
Production at the Beatrix mine totalled 91 800 ounces in the June quarter.
The company also said that a tramming accident at its South Deep mine had killed a miner last week.
“The Section 54 on the affected area was lifted on Friday morning, and impact on development at the mine was limited,” Lunsche said. The Section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act allows the mines inspector to temporarily halt operations at a mine pending measures to ensure safety at the unit.
Gold Fields plans to raise output at South Deep to 750 000 to 800 000ozpa by the end of 2014, and has said it may even raise that to 1 million ounces annually in the future.