Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 30 September 2010 – Harmony Gold Mining Company “’ South Africa’s third-largest gold producer “’ reports that a second body has been recovered at its Bambanani East shaft following a tremor and rock fall at the mine on Monday.
In a statement issued here, the company said that three employees were being treated in hospital after the incident. It confirmed that the accident had led to suspension of operations at the mine, but could not say immediately how much gold production would be lost after the accident. The event occurred on 75 level, some 2 300m below surface.
South Africa “’ the world’s top platinum producer and a major chrome exporter “’ has a safety record that compares unfavourably with mines in more developed economies, partly because it has some of the world’s deepest mines. Last year, 165 miners died in South African mines.
Bambanani mine, which is in Free State province, produced 1 170 kg of gold during the April-June quarter.