Harmony Gold reports two fatalities at Kusasalethu mine

File photo of Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine.

File photo of Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine.

Published Sep 7, 2023


Harmony Gold, South Africa’s top gold producer by output, yesterday reported two deaths at its Kusasalethu mine, 90km west of Johannesburg.

The work area had been temporarily closed pending an internal investigation, Harmony said.

“Harmony Gold Mining Company regrets to announce that two employees tragically lost their lives at its Kusasalethu mine, following a fall of ground incident caused by a seismic event on Tuesday, 5 September 2023,” the miner said in a statement.

The company recorded six fatalities in its financial year, which ended on June 30. It registered 13 deaths in the previous financial year.

On Tuesday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), South Africa’s biggest mineworkers’ union, said the mining sector had recorded 27 fatal accidents so far this year, with gold miners accounting for 15 of them.

In 2022, South Africa recorded 49 mine-related deaths, its safest year on record, down from 7 fatalities in 2021.