“There was no particular trend in the accidents. If you look at the type of accidents, they include the disregard of rules, behaviour issues where people made mistakes. There is no silver bullet to fix safety issues, it is a journey,” Steenkamp told journalists.
Despite the shaky safety record, Steenkamp said that Harmony, which operates mines in South Africa and Papua New Guinea, was scouting for growth opportunities and had a pipeline of organic projects to consider.
“We are looking at any opportunity, not just in South Africa. We have a very specific investment criteria for any assets. There are many assets we are looking at, Mponeng is probably one of the many assets we are looking at,” said Steenkamp.
Mponeng is AngloGold Ashanti’s only remaining South African mine, and was put up for sale earlier this year.