Posted on: July 16, 2008 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

South Africa. Gold Fields Ltd, the world`s fourth-biggest gold producer, said it closed the main shaft of its Kloof mine after a worker died. The shaft has been closed while investigations are under way after the death, spokesman Daniel Thole said.

The government, concerned by an increase in mine deaths last year, has introduced a policy of stopping mine activities following fatal accidents until it is satisfied conditions are safe.

South Africa, the second-biggest gold producer, has the deepest and some of the most dangerous mines in the world.

Although no strike had taken place at Gold Fields, National Union of Mineworkers’ spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said plans were under way to stage a one-day stay-away at the group’s entire operations next month, in protest against the mounting rate of workers’ deaths at Gold Fields this year.