Friday, June 25, 2010

Mine deaths in the Free State

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 June 2010


Three mine workers have died in an underground explosion at Harmony Gold's Phakisa mine in Welkom in the Free State.

Harmony Gold Minong spokesperson Esha Brimjmohan says the accident occurred late last night more than two-kilometers below the surface.

Brimjmohan says the employees were part of a rescue team that were busy investigating a suspected fire underground at the time of the accident.

“The explosion occurred last night at approximately laft past ten in the evening.

“Management together with the representatives of the Department of Mineral resources worked through the night on the rescue operation,” said Brimjmohan.

Less than a week ago another worker was killed in a rock fall at the same mine.

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