Harmony Gold reports two fatalities at Tshepong mine in South Africa

12 October 2020 (Last Updated October 12th, 2020 16:27)

South African gold miner Harmony Gold has reported two fatalities at its Tshepong mine in Welkom near the Free State Province, South Africa.

Harmony Gold reports two fatalities at Tshepong mine in South Africa
The incident occurred on 10 October following a fall of ground at the mine site. Credit: Matthias Guntrum.

South African gold miner Harmony Gold has reported two fatalities at its Tshepong mine in Welkom near the Free State Province of South Africa.

The incident occurred on 10 October following a fall of ground at the mine site.

Operations at the gold mine have been suspended and an investigation on the cause of the incident is currently under way.

Harmony Gold Mining Company CEO Peter Steenkamp said: “The executives and management express their sincerest condolences go to our colleagues’ family, friends and colleagues.

“We believe that our proactive safety culture that has been reinforced through various initiatives is the responsibility of each and every one of our stakeholders at Harmony.

“We must all continue making every effort to ensure a safe working place and that we reach our goal of zero harm across all our operations.”

In June, Harmony Gold reported a fatality at Moab Khotsong gold mine near Orkney in the North West province of South Africa. According to the company, the body of this employee was found underground at the facility after an intensive search began following information that an employee was missing at the end of the day shift on 2 June.

In May, the company announced its plans to establish Covid-19 testing facilities at its sites.