Mine-workers injured after Gauteng earthquake
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – AT least 17 mine workers have been injured at AngloGold Ashanti’s entities in Gauteng following an earthquake that hit the province on Tuesday.
AngloGold Ashanti confirmed the earthquake of 5.3 magnitude occurred near its Vaal River Operations in at a depth of roughly 8km.
Early indications are that employees at the Great Noligwa and Moab Khotsong mines sustained minor injuries and are being attended to on site by emergency medical staff.
“We are in the process of establishing telephonic contact with all mining crews, in line with our safety protocols,” AngloGold Ashanti spokesman Chris Nthite said.
“Our priority is the safe passage of our employees from underground. Again, in line with safety protocols, engineers are inspecting shaft infrastructure, and at those shafts where this work is complete, hoisting of people to surface has already begun.”
He said power to the Vaal River mines was temporarily interrupted and had since been mostly restored.
“All back-up power generators and underground safety systems remain operational. AngloGold Ashanti’s West Wits Operations were not affected.
Updates will be provided as necessary,” Nthite said.
– CAJ News
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