Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 27 October 2009 – Harmony Gold Mining Company “’ the fifth-biggest gold producer in the world and Africa’s number three “’ says that it has stopped production at its Target mine in the Free State, following a rock fall yesterday that killed two workers.
A statement released here today said the other two employees who had initially been trapped underground had been brought to safety.
“The inspection of the mine is currently going on so we don’t have an indication yet of when production will resume,” Harmony spokeswoman Marian van der Walt told Reuters.
South Africa has the world’s deepest mines and one of the highest rates of work-related mining deaths in the industrialised world.
Last year 168 workers died in mines, down 24% from the previous year. So far this year more than 120 miners have lost their lives in South African mines.