Harmony Gold mine Kusasalethu in Carletonville. 
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Johannesburg - A second miner trapped at Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville since Friday morning has been brought to surface, Harmony Gold said.

"Regrettably, he succumbed to his injuries," the company said in a statement on Sunday. Three employees remained unaccounted for and rescue efforts would continue until they had been found.

“Our sincerest condolences go to the family and friends of the deceased. We will not rest until the other three employees have been found and brought to the surface. Our efforts continue to focus on reaching our colleagues as quickly and safely as possible,” CEO Peter Steenkamp said. Further information would be released as this became available.

On Saturday, the body of one of the five miners trapped at Kusasalethu mine was brought to the surface. “Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries,” the company said at the time.

The incident followed a seismic event about 3100 metres below the surface at around 10.30am on Friday, which resulted in a fall of ground, Harmony said. 

“All operations at the mine, other than those related to the rescue, have been suspended. Rescue efforts will continue until the five men have been found." About 3000 miners were working when sections of the mine collapsed at around 10.30am." 

It was unclear whether the collapse was caused by mining activity or seismic waves. “All the miners were accounted for except these five miners," Harmony said.