Harmony Gold confirms newest mine fatality

Harmony Gold, which has had a number of miner deaths this year across its portfolio, has confirmed a new fatality at its Doornkop mine near Soweto, Gauteng province, South Africa.

A shaft-related incident occurred on Oct. 13, though the company did not disclose the victim’s identity or additional details.

“We are deeply concerned about the unfortunate incidents at our mines and will continue to drive our safety humanistic transformation initiative, to reinforce a proactive safety culture throughout our company,” said Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer.

There have been a total of 10 fatalities at the miner’s operations this year, many of them tied to seismic events. They have occurred at the Target, Bambanani, Mponeng, Kusasalethu and Phakisa mines.

In addition to South Africa, Harmony also owns mines in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Its global assets include one open-pit mine and several exploration tenements in PNG, as well as nine underground mines, one open-pit operation and several surface sources in South Africa. 

In addition, Harmony owns 50% of the significant Wafi-Golpu copper-gold project – a tier 1 asset ­– in a joint venture in PNG.

Source: Harmony Gold

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