AngloGold Ashanti restarts operations tonight following earthquake

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REFILWE MEKOA

Operations at AngloGold Ashanti mines in Great Noligwa and Moab Khotsong, North West will restart on Monday.

This after production was halted at the two mines following a 5.5 magnitude earthquake that originated in the vicinity of Stilfontein on August 5. The group mine’s spokesperson Chris Nthiti said work has been underway over the past three days to complete inspections ahead of the first production shift scheduled for tonight.

He said repairs to affected areas and equipment are ongoing and estimates the company lost output of about 30,000oz of gold from last week’s earthquake. Nthiti added that the estimate of lost production, and the significant impact on unit costs, may be adjusted higher or lower as recovery work continues.

The 3 300 employees working underground when the earthquake occurred were safely hoisted to surface within seven hours of the event and twenty-eight people were treated for minor injuries. AngloGold Ashanti said they are actively involved with local government and civic organizations to provide assistance to local communities affected by the incident.