Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 05 May 2009 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited – the world’s No. 3 gold producer – has announced the resumption of production at its Great Noligwa mine, although it has failed to locate a worker who went missing at the operation 10 days ago.
“Despite an ongoing search at the mine, rescue teams have not yet found the employee,” spokeswoman Joanne Jones told Reuters. “After consulting with the Department of Minerals and the unions, the mine was given a go-ahead to resume production this week,” she added.
“We have been searching for the missing miner since last week Saturday, but no trace has been found,” Jones declared. “The agreement to resume production was given for an initial three days.”
Jones went on to say that the search for the miner would continue, and the various parties would convene in three days’ time to decide on a way forward.
The worker failed to return to surface after carrying out a standard shaft clearance procedure, and a mine-wide search had been underway since then.
Great Noligwa – which is near the town of Orkney in the Free State – suffered a 32% drop in production last year to 330 000 ounces.