Mine safety in the spotlight following Kusasalethu collapse

File: The portfolio committee on mineral resources said it was “deeply worried” about the sporadic seismic events that continue to claim lives in the mining sector.

JOHANNESBURG - The portfolio committee on mineral resources said on Monday that it was “deeply worried” about the sporadic seismic events that continue to claim lives in the mining sector, calling for a thorough investigation of the recent accident at a Harmony Gold mine.

This comes after three out of five mineworkers trapped underground were confirmed dead on Monday, at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine near Carletonville in Gauteng.

The 1.8 magnitude seismic event, at about 3,100 metres below the surface, occurred at around 10.30am on Friday, causing a 10-metre fall of ground.

Mine rescue teams brought the first body to the surface on Saturday. Another body was retrieved on Sunday. The third body was brought to the surface on Monday morning.

Two miners remain unaccounted for.

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The portfolio committee, through its chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, expressed condolences to the families and friends of the three mine workers who died.

“There has to be a way to prevent these events, a research study should be conducted on how to detect them,” Luzipo said in a statement.

“We appreciate diligent work by the rescue team who did not only respond swiftly to the accident, but continued to put their own lives at risk in the quest to rescue the workers.

"We wish them strength to continue the search in order to ensure that all the five trapped workers are accounted for.”

Luzipo will visit the mine on Tuesday and meet with management in order to establish the circumstances surrounding the collapse.

African News Agency

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