December 25, 1991 |
Three miners were killed and 94 injured in an accident at a South African gold mine Tuesday, mine owner Anglovaal said. A statement said eight of the injured were in serious condition after the accident, apparently involving a malfunction in the hoist bringing miners to the surface, at Hartebeestfontein mine in western Transvaal province.
January 13, 2000 |
Rescuers managed to pass food and water through a narrow pipe to miners trapped in Orkney, 110 miles southwest of Johannesburg. Rescue teams at the African Rainbow Minerals gold mine said at least four miners had died. Rescue workers made contact with the team leader late Tuesday night. He confirmed that four colleagues were dead and that two were seriously injured and separated from the main group of eight survivors. Another miner remained unaccounted for.
January 14, 2000 |
Rescuers, clawing with shovels and their bare hands, broke through a wall of rock to reach nine miners entombed for four days below more than a mile of earth and rock. The miners emerged from the shaft on stretchers. They were in good condition but headed to a nearby hospital for examination, said mine spokeswoman Charmane Russell.
July 31, 1999 |
A gas explosion in a South African gold mine killed 18 miners and left one missing in a shaft more than 1 1/2 miles underground, mine officials said. Twenty miners were lifted to safety after the explosion Thursday at the Mponeng mine southeast of Johannesburg. None of the rescued miners was injured. The miners were lengthening an access tunnel to a working area when the gas, probably methane, ignited, said James Duncan, a spokesman for Anglogold, the world's largest gold producer.
May 14, 1993 |
At least 25 people were killed after a methane blast ripped through a South African coal mine and rescue workers were searching for a further 28 missing men today. A spokesman for the mine at Secunda, 80 miles east of Johannesburg, said specialized rescue teams had recovered the bodies of 25 mine workers shortly after dawn today, more than 16 hours after the explosion.
May 9, 2001 |
Twelve miners were killed in an explosion deep inside a South African gold mine in the country's worst mining disaster in two years. Two miners were hospitalized. The explosion tore apart a development area about 2,700 feet underground at the Beatrix mine near Welkom, about 175 miles southwest of Johannesburg. Mine owner Gold Fields Ltd. said the blast may have been caused by a buildup of methane gas.