Gold Fields: South Deep restarts after deaths

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Gold Fields had resumed operations at its South Deep project west of Johannesburg, the company said yesterday, after two miners were killed in separate incidents at the mine late last month. Spokesman Willie Jacobsz said that on Friday the Department of Mineral Resources had lifted the section 54 order it had issued. “The (department) issued the section 54 order after an in loco inspection into the circumstances surrounding two separate fatal accidents on May 17 and 27, placing a moratorium on all workshop-related activities across the mine and effectively bringing all production to a halt,” Jacobsz said. Operations had resumed at the Twin Shaft area with the evening shift on Sunday and at the South Shaft area with the morning shift yesterday, he added. – Sapa

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