Many claim after explosion

2015-04-30 16:14

THE Harmony Gold Mining Company has received 897 claims relating to the explosion which occurred on Saturday (21/03) at the Brand One Mine in Welkom. Claims were submitted at the mining company’s special operational centre which was set up at the Silvania Spar in Welkom. Those affected had until last Friday (27/03) to report and lodge claims against the mining company.

Bobo Ndinisa, Harmony’s spokesperson, said of the affected people, 50 received trauma counselling. The explosion followed the ventilation of a shaft in Welkom. The shaft in question was in the process of being rehabilitated as part of an extensive rehabilitation programme by the mining company in the Free State. It is suspected that methane gas caused the explosion resulting in damages to some properties in residences such as Silvania and Jan Celliers Park, which are situated within the vicinity of the shaft. The explosion reportedly left contract workers on site with minor injuries. The accident occurred late afternoon, apparently when the contractors were busy filling the shaft barrel with rock. Ndinisa said a full-scale internal investigation into the incident was still ongoing, adding that the mining company was also yet to determine the cost of the damages lodged by affected people

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