Dead miner leaves behind 4 kids

Johannesburg – A trapped miner found dead on Saturday morning at AngloGold’s Savuka mine was identified as 55-year-old Bernado Nhantumbo, the company said. Nhantunbo, a pump attendant, was fatally injured during a series of seismic events at the company’s Savuka mine near Carltonville on Friday afternoon.

“AngloGold Ashanti would like to express its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. Bernado was from Mozambique and leaves behind his wife, Aldah, and four children,” spokesperson Joanne Jones said in a statement.

Operations at the mine have since been suspended.

Company CEO Mark Cutifani commended the management team at Savuka for their “prompt and effective response to this incident”.

‘Well-rehearsed emergency procedures’

“The fact that we were able to evacuate all employees from underground within such a short space of time reflects the high state of preparedness of the mine as well as the robust and well-rehearsed emergency procedures in place.

“The fact that secondary escape ways are available at Savuka also assisted the speedy evacuation,” said Cutifani.

The extent of the damage caused by the incident will be assessed over the course of the weekend, he added.

NUM makes call to govt

Meanwhile, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on the Department of Minerals to strengthen its hand in dealing with the safety of miners.

Nhantumbo’s death brings to nine the number of miners killed in mining accidents this week. NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said another miner was killed by a loader at Angloplatinum’s operation at the Rustenburg Platinum mine at the Tweefontein shaft at 08:00 on Saturday morning.

On Thursday, a worker was killed at AngloGold Ashanti’s Klerksdorp mine in an accident involving two hoppers which is used to transport ore.

Three miners were killed in two accidents on Tuesday and Wednesday, both caused by earth tremors at Gold Fields’ Kloof mine.

On Monday, at Impala and African Rainbow Minerals’ Modikwa mine in Limpopo, another mineworker died when emerging from underground, while on Friday a mineworker was killed in an accident at a mine near Klerksdorp.

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