Zondereinde mine – shaft accident

The management of Northam regrets to advise of an incident at the company’s Zondereinde mine on the afternoon of Sunday 27 July 2014 during routine maintenance work in the shaft.

The incident occurred in the mine’s No.1 Shaft when a counterweight in one of the shaft’s hoisting compartments became detached and fell down to the bottom causing damage to the steelwork between 12 and 13 levels, approximately 2 000 metres underground. There were no injuries.

The shaft will be out of commission for up to six weeks for repairs. During this time the mine’s production will be reduced by approximately 50%. No 2 shaft remains fully operational.

Further investigations into the cause of the incident will be carried out together with the DMR.

28 July 2014

Issued by
Russell & Associates
Tel +27 (0)11 880 3924