BusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) temporarily shut the world’s deepest gold mine after 164 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mines that had been shut since 27 March were allowed to reopen with half their normal staff from the start of May. AGA detected its first positive case at its Mponeng mine near Carletonville, Gauteng, through screening.
After checking who the infected employee had been in contact with and then carrying out 650 tests, at least 164 came back positive. A small number of test results still have to be finalised. “All positive cases will be isolated in line with national health protocols, with on-site facilities available for those who may need them,” AGA said on Sunday.
The mine had 2 400 employees back at work. AGA decided to temporarily close the mine to continue its tracking and testing processes. So far, excluding AGA, 85 mine employees have tested positive for the virus, of whom 13 have recovered. One mineworker had died during the lockdown period.
AGA is selling Mponeng and all its other SA mining assets to Harmony Gold.