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Gold Fields Closes Kloof-Driefontein Mine After Fatal Accident

July 01, 2012

Gold Fields Ltd., (GFI) the fourth-largest producer of the metal, closed its Kloof-Driefontein Complex mine west of Johannesburg after five miners died in an accident.

Another 14 miners were admitted to hospital after a fire broke out at the mine’s No. 4 shaft, Johannesburg-based Gold Fields Ltd. said in an e-mailed statement. The mine will remain closed “until further notice,” it said.

“Management deeply regrets the incident and has launched a full investigation,” Gold Fields said. “The Department of Mineral Resources and union representatives have been informed.”

Kloof-Driefontein Complex is Gold Fields’s the largest mining operation. In April last year, a shaft at the Driefontein mine complex was closed for a week after two workers died in accident.

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