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Harmony warns of safety risks posed by illegal mining
Harmony warns of safety risks posed by illegal mining Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited ('Harmony') advises that management has decided to take serious action to tackle illegal mining at its Kusasalethu mine. The initiative has been stepped up following the outbreak of a fire at the mine yesterday afternoon, which is believed to have been caused by illegal miners. Established surveillance mechanisms alerted mine management to the fire, and standard evacuation procedures meant that all employees who were underground at the time were brought safely to surface.   Harmony's CEO Graham Briggs notes that this is the third fire of this nature at Kusasalethu this month. While the company is pleased that no one was harmed in these incidents, it is clear that “illegal mining is a threat to employees' safety and health and to the mine's continued viability”. Mr Briggs notes that Kusasalethu
Lonmin announces mining a year without any fatalities
Lonmin announces mining a year without any fatalities Platinum mining company Lonmin has gone a full year without a death at its operations, it said on Wednesday.   "This important safety milestone was reached on Monday 27 October 2014, the same day that the Lonmin mining operations clocked up six million fatality free shifts," s
China coal mine accident kills 16
China coal mine accident kills 16Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the world's biggest coal producing country.   The accident occurred in the regional capital of Uru
Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources concerned about illegal coal mining
Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources concerned about illegal coal miningThe Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources is concerned about the scale of illegal coal mining at a derelict mine in Osizweni, outside Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal province.   Last week on Friday, 17 October 2014 the Committee met with entities of the Department of Mineral Resources including
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