Two dead, five injured in KDC East accident

JOHANNESBURG ( − South African gold miner Gold Fields halted operations at its KDC East and KDC West mines, formerly Kloof and Driefontein, after two workers were killed and five others injured on Thursday.

The JSE-listed miner said the workers died after an accident following a seismic event measuring 1.6 on the Richter scale at the Number 7 shaft at KDC East.

Two of the injured workers were hospitalised, while the other three suffered minor injures.

The Department of Mineral Resources issued a Section 54 stopping both KDC East and KDC West until the mine had completed the statutory investigation and presented the findings to the department.

Gold Fields, led by CEO Nick Holland, said all employees were withdrawn from the reef horizon at the shaft after the accident.

“This accident shows that there cannot be any let-up in our efforts to mine safely,” Holland commented.


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