Harmony Gold confirms ground fall fatality

South African operator Harmony Gold has offered confirmation but little in the way of details regarding a September 1 death at its Mponeng mine near Carletonville, in the Gauteng province.

Company officials said the fatality was the result of a fall of ground and that operations in the affected section were suspended. Authorities are investigating the event.

Harmony did not name the worker, or provide additional details about the ground failure.

“The board, executives and management of Harmony wish to extend their deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of our deceased colleague,” Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp said.

“It is of utmost importance that we ensure a safe working environment at all our operations, and we commit to providing the necessary support to the family in dealing with this unfortunate tragedy.” 

Harmony has operated Mponeng, the world’s deepest gold operation, since October 2020, when it took ownership of the complex from AngloGold Ashanti. According to company data, the miner has a total resource of 45.8 million ounces.

The company has operations in Papua New Guinea as well.

Source: Harmony Gold

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