Miner Dies At JSE-listed Buffalo Coal Mine
VENTURES AFRICA – Johannesburg and Toronto-listed coal miner, Buffalo Coal, on Tuesday said a miner at its Aviemore Colliery, near a small town of Dundee, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, died in hospital from wounds sustained in a blasting incident at the weekend.
The incident occurred underground at the colliery at about 08:00 South African time last Saturday.
Malcolm Campbell, the CEO at Buffalo said all operations at Aviemore have been suspended until such time as management and the board are satisfied with the safety of the company’s employees.
The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has been told about the incident and a full probe into the incident, comprising mine management, government representatives and the militant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), will be conducted.
It is not clear whether mine accidents are on the increase in South Africa’s mines. But the JSE-listed gold miner, Harmony Gold, has reported a couple of fatalities this year alone.
Harmony recently reported two fatalities at its mines in the North West and the Free State Provinces last month.
The death at Kusasalethu mine in the North West occurred when a “backfill paddock” failed, killing a miner while the death at Joel mine in the Free State followed a blasting accident.
The two fatalities did increase the number of deaths at the firm’s mines in South Africa to 10 in just two days.
This was after Harmony had discovered eight bodies of nine miners who went missing after fire broke out at its Doornkop mine.
At the time, Harmony suspended blasting for 24 hours and embarked on safety shifts.
The ANC-aligned National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it was distressed by the killings and called on the government to conduct a probe into the deaths.
Buffalo is a coal producer in southern Africa. It holds a majority interest in two operating mines through its 100 percent interest in Forbes Coal, trading as Buffalo Coal Dundee, a South African company which has a 70 percent interest in Zinoju Coal.
Zinoju holds a 100 percent interest in the Magdalena bituminous mine and the Aviemore anthracite mine in South Africa. Buffalo has an experienced coal-focused management team.