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Village (VIL) on Friday morning announced the death of an employee in a blasting related incident at its Tau Lekoa operation in Orkney.

The accident occurred around 14:30 on Wednesday 13 June, the company said.

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) inspectorate in the North West Province has been alerted and an initial investigation has been conducted, the mining company said.

The inspectorate has issued a Section 54 instruction, stopping all production at Tau Lekoa. The management of Tau Lekoa is working closely with the DMR to minimise the duration of the stoppage on production at Tau Lekoa, while a full investigation continues.

Village expressed condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. - I-Net Bridge