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A mine worker has died at Hrmony Gold Mine in Welkom

Harmony Gold Mining Company says it’s investigating the death of a mine worker.

He died following a fall at the Phakisa gold mine near Welkom on Tuesday morning.

In a statement, the company said “Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited regrets to advise that one of its employees was fatally injured following a fall of ground incident at its Phakisa mine (Tshepong Operations), in Welkom,” the company said in a brief statement.

Harmony says its investigation into the accident will try to find out what exactly happened.

The statement continued:

“Management wish to express their deepest condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues,”

In May last year, Harmony Gold confirmed that a mine worker had died at its Moab Khotsong mine near Orkney, in the North West.

In March last year, two people were killed following a “seismic related fall” at one of Harmony Gold’s mines in Welkom.

Former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane urged mines to step up health and safety efforts after three miners died at a Harmony Gold mine in August 2017.

He said at the time he was concerned with accidents in the industry. He called for a prioritisation of safety, saying government would regularly conduct inspections.