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headgear thumb medium80 122BusinessLive reports that most of SA’s underground mines suspended work for a second shift on Tuesday due to uncertainty about electricity supply from Eskom.  

On Monday night, SA’s gold, platinum and diamond underground mines were forced to suspend operations because of an unprecedented reduction of 6,000MW as technical issues and heavy rain affected Eskom’s plants.  As the constraints eased on Tuesday morning, with Eskom reducing its cuts to 4,000MW, most underground mines opted to keep tens of thousands of underground miners on the surface rather than risk having them trapped underground.  Harmony Gold extended the halting of its nine mines on Tuesday after Eskom asked the mining industry to curtail electricity consumption.  “We will resume shifts as soon as Eskom is able to provide us with the assurance that power supply will be more reliable,” said CEO Peter Steenkamp.  Impala Platinum kept its day shift on the surface doing health and safety drills rather than sending them underground.  Sibanye-Stillwater also shut its mines overnight on Monday and did not send the morning shift down at 4am on Tuesday.  AngloGold Ashanti also kept workers on the surface at its Mponeng mine on Monday night.  “Today (Tuesday) Mponeng is operating, and we are complying with the stage 4 load curtailment requirements.  We are able to switch off some of the less critical loads without major impact on safety and operations,” spokesperson Chris Nthite said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Allan Seccombe at BusinessLive


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