Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 07 June 2010 – Production at two of South Africa’s biggest gold mines has been halted in the wake of accidents “’ one of them fatal.
Gold Fields Limited “’ Africa’s second- biggest producer of the precious metal “’ has closed parts of its Driefontein mine in South Africa after two rock-falls,” said company spokesman Sven Lunsche.
In a telephone interview here, he confirmed that four of the seven workers who had been injured in the incidents were in hospital, while the others had been discharged.
Lunsche added that Gold Fields would comment later on the impact on production at the mine.
Meanwhile AngloGold Ashanti Limited “’ Africa’s top gold producer “’ confirmed that it had halted all drilling and blasting at its Moab Khotsong mine after a fatal accident last week.
Company spokesman Alan Fine told Bloomberg News that the company could not comment on the amount of production that will be lost at the mine.