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Four Miners Killed in Rockfall at Tau Lekoa Gold Mine in South Africa

Mining News - Published on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Image Source: Tau Lekoa Accident
Four miners trapped underground after a rockfall in the Tau Lekoa gold mine in Orkney succumbed to the lack of oxygen and have died. The last fifth miner who was trapped underground was rescued only on Sunday and is hospitalized. It is understood that the workers were mining a pillar left in place to prevent the walls, ceiling and floor of the tunnels from collapsing. The National Union of Mineworkers has called for an independent forensic probe into what caused the rockfall and ultimately their deaths. Num spokesperson Vuyasani said “The investigation will start now. Whatever went wrong in that particular working place will be determined by the investigation.”

This is not the first incident at the mine which is owned by Chinese capital management group Heaven-Sent through Village Main Reef Limited. In July 2017 a rockfall caused by an earth tremor led to the deaths of four miners in the Tau Lekoa gold mine. The miners were trapped underground at a shaft when the incident happened on 22 July 2017 and rescuers would only be able to recover the bodies.

A total of 81 miners died in the mining sector last year with most of them in the gold sector.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 10 Dec 2019
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