anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that a level 2 magnitude tremor at midday on Thursday killed three miners at AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng operation.  

The tremor initially trapped seven miners 3.5km below ground at the mine near the town of Carletonville.  Four were quickly rescued, some with broken limbs but no life-threatening injuries.  Rescue teams searched for the three missing miners during the afternoon and through the night.  “The bodies of our three colleagues have now been found. Two of these bodies have ... been recovered and are being brought to surface by rescue crews. The third body is currently being recovered,” AngloGold said on Friday afternoon.  All work, apart from essential services, was stopped at the mine.  The mine had a stellar safety record up to Thursday, recording 698 days of operations without a fatality.  The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Friday that companies should invest more in “safety systems and infrastructure”.  The union added that mining houses “should face greater accountability through stronger regulation and enforcement by the DMRE.”

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