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29th November 2007
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Normal mining operations would resume at Gold Fields' Driefontein mine on Friday November 30, after all tramming was halted under Section 54, following the death of a miner at the operation late last week.

The Gauteng Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) had lifted the Section 54 at Driefontein, although the risk assessment and safety audit under the DME Section 54 at Kloof, relating to pillar mining would continue, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

A worker was also killed, at Kloof and three were injured last week Friday after a seismic event, measuring 2,1, triggered a fall of ground.

Gold Fields said that about half of the pillars at Kloof had been audited, and only about 7% of the mines output remained affected. "It is expected that Kloof will be fully operations within 24 hours," it added.

"We remain committed to safe working at all our mines and we will endeavour to ensure that no-one comes to harm while carrying out duties. Safety is, and always has been the number one priority within Gold Fields," said Gold Fields executive vice president and head of South African operations Terence Goodlace.

Edited by: Mariaan Webb

 

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