Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 18 August 2008 – Three miners have died in accidents at three different mines in South Africa, and plans are underway to hold special days of mourning.
AngloGold Ashanti Limited – the world’s third-biggest gold producer – has temporarily shut the area of its TauTona mine, where one worker was killed last Friday and two others were seriously injured by falling rocks.
Bloomberg reports that the area concerned makes up about 12% of production at TauTona and is unlikely to reopen before a government inspection has been completed later today. The agency adds that another worker was killed in an underground train accident at Mponeng mine early last week.
Meanwhile the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has announced that it is planning to shut AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng and Tautona mines for a day of mourning each, following ;last week’s two fatal accidents. NUM in tends holding a full day of mourning at Mponeng next Thursday, and the date for Tautona mine still has to be announced.
Simmer & Jack Mines, Limited has revealed that an accident at its Buffelsfontein Mine claimed the life of one mineworker last week. The incident took place at the mine’s Number Two shaft, and appears to have been tramming-related. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by management, as well as representatives of organised labour and the Department of Minerals and Energy.