The South African gold mining company indicated that investigations into the accident were underway and that all operations at the mine had been stopped.

Earlier this year, operations at [DATA HAR:Harmony Gold Mining Company]’s Doornkop mine had ceased following a mine fire and a seismic event at the mine.

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Rescue workers were dispatched and eight employees were eventually located in an underground refuge chamber, and brought to the surface unharmed while the search continued for the bodies of nine missing miners, all of whom were eventually recovered.

“The incident is a lesson for us all. The gold industry has over the past five years improved its health and safety standards tremendously, and for such an incident to occur is obviously a setback,” South African mineral resources minister, Susan Shabangu said at the time.

“As the regulator, we must look at what happened and learn from it to ensure we can, as far as possible, prevent it in future.”

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Harmony Gold chief executive, Graham Briggs and his management team expressed their condolences to the members of the deceased’s family, at Tshepong mine, for the loss of their loved one.