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AngloGold Hoists Over 3000 Workers To Safety After Earthquake

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JSE-listed gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti, on Wednesday said it had successfully hoisted 3,300 workers at its Great Noligwa and Moab Khotsong mines to surface yesterday.

The workers were brought to the surface after a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit South Africa yesterday.

Twenty-eight workers who suffered minor injuries have received medical treatment and all have been discharged, AngloGold Ashanti said in a new trading update on Wednesday.

Seventeen workers were treated for shock and all workers and contractors were instrumental in ensuring the mine was cleared safely.

“Safely hoisting all 3,300 people to surface after an earthquake of this size is an achievement of which we’re immensely proud,” COO Mike O’Hare said.

“Our infrastructure responded as it was designed to, and our safety protocols worked as they should. Our thanks go to every employee, the contractors on site and the management team who together made this outcome possible,” O’ Hare continued.

It was not clear whether operations had stopped or workers were back to work.

AngloGold Ashanti’s own engineers and specialists and external seismology experts, are conducting intensive, real-time intensive monitoring of seismic activity in the North West region where the epicentre of the quake was found to be.


Article Credit: Ventures-africa

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