Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 25 May 2009 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited – Africa’s largest producer of the metal and the world’s No. 3 gold producer – says work at its Savuka mine in South Africa is still suspended, after a miner died underground last Friday.
“An inspection by government officials is expected,” company spokeswoman Joanne Jones, told Bloomberg News by phone today.
Meanwhile Impala Platinum Holdings Limited‘s Marula mine has also been closed after a fatal accident on Friday. Impala is the world’s second-biggest producer of the metal.
“Government officials are expected to carry out an inspection later today,” Impala spokeswoman Alice Lourens told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview.
South Africa – which has the world’s deepest gold and platinum mines – is the largest producer of platinum in the world and the third- biggest gold producer, after the United States and China.
The government started suspending mining operations following fatal accidents after mine deaths rose more than 10% in 2007 to an estimated 221. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has revealed that nine workers died in accidents at South African mines last week.