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Kusasalethu Dam Wall Collapse Leaves 4 Dead



No fewer than four Harmony Gold employee has lost their lives at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville in Gauteng over the weekend.

The four individuals killed when the mud wall collapsed were said to be part of a team tasked with cleaning the mud dam and repairing a pipe in the dam.

A statement released by the mining company that their employees lost their lives, describing the incident as infrastructure maintenance-related.

According to the Harmony head of communications, “The area was the part that is frequently maintained and was attended to two weeks earlier. The team had inspected the dam prior and it was declared safe,”

In March of this year, another Harmony employee perished in an accident at the company’s Doornkop mine in Soweto.

Two Harmony employees were murdered in Kusasalethu in October of last year after a seismic event resulted in a ground collapse.

With a depth of 3 388 meters, Kusasalethu is Harmony’s deepest mine, extracting ore from the Ventersdorp reef.


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