Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 18 May 2010 – Simmer & Jack mines has announced that it has re-opened the Number 2 and Number 10 shafts at its Buffelsfontein gold mine in the North West province, and hopes to reopen the remaining four shafts by the end of the week.
Earlier this month the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) had suspended work on all shafts at Buffelsfontein Gold Mine pending the outcome of a safety audit, after three miners had died in an accident at the mine.
In a statement issued here the company said that management was engaging with the DMR with a view to re-opening the remaining four operating shafts by the end of the week.
The two shafts that have been re-opened account for approximately 30% of the mine`s underground production. Production from surface sources, which accounts for just over 25% of the mine`s total gold output, was unaffected by the stoppage, and surface throughput has been increased in order to fully utilise the available plant capacity during this period.
The Simmers statement revealed that to date, the temporary stoppage of its underground operations had cost Buffelsfontein gold mine approximately 2 894 ounces in lost gold production.