South African gold producer Harmony Gold has confirmed the deaths of two of its workers at the Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville, Gauteng province following a “seismic event” that led to a ground fall.
The company said the incident occurred during the early morning hours of Oct. 21 local time. The identities of the fallen have not been released.
The miner said an investigation has commenced into the event, and relevant authorities have been notified. Mining activity in the affected areas has also ceased, though it is not known if production is still advancing elsewhere at the site.
CEO Peter Steenkamp said safety shifts have been enforced across the mine pending a formal investigation.