The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) says it is mourning the loss of two mineworkers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu shaft near Carletonville.
There was a seismic event at 02:27 on October 21, which resulted in a fall of ground at 109 – 24 W2 panel and raise. The event measured 2.5 on the Richter Scale.
It is reported that the proto team was able to rescue a winch driver, and he was taken to hospital for medical attention. The bodies of the second winch driver and the team leader were recovered under the debris.
“Our prayers go out to the loved ones of the two fallen comrades,” says AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa.
“The board, executives and management of Harmony are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of our deceased colleagues,” says Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp.