GoldOneNews24 reports that an accident on Friday at Gold One’s Modder East mine in Springs, Gauteng, has left one man dead.  The employee's body has been retrieved and handed over to the police.  

The incident was confirmed by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE).  "The department is aware of the accident and is investigating it in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. It would be premature to speculate on causes at this stage," a DMRE spokesperson indicated.  According to a source with knowledge of the mine, the employee would not be deemed essential worker under the national lockdown regulations in place, but this was not confirmed by the DMRE.  To reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19, the DMRE issued guidelines to mines, which included reducing the number of employees on shift and on common transport.  Mining operations have been scaled down significantly, particularly in respect of deep-level mining and inclusive of the gold, chrome and manganese sectors.

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