Mine fire traps 100 South African gold miners

Around 100 employees remain trapped after a fire broke out at the Kusasalethu gold mine in South Africa.

Mine owner Harmony Gold Mining Company said that 389 of 486 workers had been safely brought to the surface by Sunday, with rescue teams continuing their efforts to rescue the remaining workers.

The fire was believed to have started during maintenance work about 2300 metres below the surface.

All mine operations, barring rescue, have been suspended.

Kusasalethu is the largest producing mine for Harmony, and among the deepest gold mines in the world.

Reuters reported that last year Harmony closed the mine for two weeks to remove illegal miners, trespassing on the mine and believed to be starting fires.

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