Miner killed in tramming accident at Zondereinde
A miner has been killed in a tramming accident underground at Northam Platinum owned Zondereinde Mine. In a statement Northam says it was with deep regret the company reported the death of employee named as Antonio Alberto Bila. He died in a tramming accident some 1480 metres underground on Sunday morning at Zondereinde mine in Limpopo Province. Stoping operations at the mine have been suspended pending the conclusion of an internal investigation into the cause of the accident. Zondereinde produces approximately 1000 ounces of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold per day. The mines’ underground operations exploit two reefs – the Merensky and UG2 reefs – via a twin shaft system at depths varying between 1 294 and 2 115 metres below surface. Zondereinde employs approximately 8 700 people (5300 full time and 2200 contractors). The company in its 2010 report said that over the past 10 it has seen a “very encouraging downward trend in injury rates” with 2010 showing lost time injuries at 20% lower than previous years. Last year shortly after the mine achieved two million fatality free shifts Sebenzile Ketile was killed in May in a drilling accident, and after the year end two other miners died in a ground fall.