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Harmony Gold mining employee dies in engineering accident

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A Harmony Gold engineering employee was killed in a shaft accident.

A Harmony Gold mining employee has been killed in an accident at the company’s South African Phakisa operation the company has confirmed this evening.

In a statement, Harmony Gold Mining said it “regrets to advise that one of its employees was fatally injured in an engineering related accident late last night at its Nyala hoisting shaft, situated near the Phakisa operation in the Free State.”

Harmony Gold also confirmed that an investigation into the accident is underway.

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“We are extremely saddened by the fatality at one of our operations. Harmony management expresses their condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues,” said Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer of Harmony.

The employee was part of the electrical engineering team.

This latest accident follows two recent fatalities at two of the company’s other sites.

On May 7, an employee was killed in a mining-related accident at the company’s Bambanani mine and on April 30, an employee was killed during a fall of ground at its Doornkop operations, west of Johannesburg.

Harmony operates mines in South Africa and Papua New Guinea.

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