Almost 500 miners trapped underground at Carletonville mine by a fire

Almost 500 miners trapped underground at Carletonville mine by a fire

2015-02-22 17:30

Johannesburg - Bullion producer Harmony Gold [HAR:JSE] said on Sunday that there had been an underground fire at its Kusasalethu mine, which is believed to have started during maintenance work on a bulk air cooler.

"I can confirm that the fire has occurred but the fire has now been contained," spokesperson Marian van der Walt said, reported Reuters.

"Specially trained mine rescue teams have been deployed underground at the company’s Kusasalethu gold mine near Carletonville to rescue some 486 workers who were working underground when a fire started on the mine’s 75 level, approximately 2 300 metres below surface, at around 09:40 this morning (Sunday)," the mine said in a statement.
"At present, some 287 of the 486 workers are confirmed to be safe in refuge bays underground, which are supplied with fresh air, water and telephone communication to surface.

It said that mine rescue teams are working to assist those in refuge bays and to locate the other workers.

"A further six mine rescue teams have been called out and are expected to be deployed on arrival at the mine to assist with the rescue."
Operations at the mine have been suspended.

  • Herman Neveling - 2015-02-22 17:50

    Go proto teams make us proud! God speed boys

  • Arthur A Lilford - 2015-02-22 17:57

    Now is when the men stand out - GO PROTO TEAMS WE WITH YOU

  • Werner Buys - 2015-02-22 18:02

    My prayers are with all these people and with Harmony.

  • Trevor Anderson - 2015-02-22 18:04

    Jesus please protect these men and the rescue teams

      C'est moi - 2015-02-22 18:30

      Trevor I pray with you that they come out alive

  • Nomaseko Peterson - 2015-02-22 18:04

    I pray to God that they all come out alive their families are hoping for their safe return home!!!

      C'est moi - 2015-02-22 18:46

      This is a time for ALL caring Christians to keep them in mind and pray that even now they are filled with His peace - Whatever happens we have a God of love and he will carry those men and their families - (Please atheists have the dignity to not make your usual rude and blasphemous remarks at a time like this)

  • Jac VZ - 2015-02-22 18:06

    Sounds like that mine manager has his ducks in a row!

  • Tiaan Van der Berg - 2015-02-22 18:07

    O h no.

  • Suren Gobindram - 2015-02-22 18:08

    I pray for the safety of the trapped miners. May the grace of God be with you.

  • Vincent Chakanyuka - 2015-02-22 18:13

    Heavenly Father we Pray for your intervention.

      C'est moi - 2015-02-22 18:32

      Whatever happens I pray that the Lord is with them and carries them and their families through.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2015-02-22 18:18

    Good work from resque team

  • Phumlani Vincent Mzimela - 2015-02-22 18:18

    May God be with them. ..we pray

      C'est moi - 2015-02-22 18:35

      We have a God of all comfort and mercy.

  • Starletha King - 2015-02-22 18:21

    This is terrible. Please let them all be rescued.

  • Zelda van Vollenhoven - 2015-02-22 18:24

    Ons bid vir almal se veiligheid due werkers e Proto manne.

  • Dan Segami - 2015-02-22 18:27

    Do ur best rescue..

  • Tshepo Thuleli - 2015-02-22 18:27

    This comes at a very bad time, when loadshedding and politics are grimly killing the economy.

  • Angela McGarry Vermaak - 2015-02-22 18:28

    Oh Lord.....please let these miners come out alive....what a tragedy !

  • Welma van Rooi-Mentoor - 2015-02-22 18:28

    Be with them all oh mighty God

  • Heidi Myers - 2015-02-22 18:28

    Mag almal veilig na hul famielie terugkeer. Bid vir almal

  • Philiswa Rosho - 2015-02-22 18:32

    To God be the Glory, ifamily zabo.

  • Tsholofelo Mokoroane - 2015-02-22 18:32

    Lets hope for their safe return to the surface

  • Kubayi Walter - 2015-02-22 18:33

    May the God make all the miners to be safe underground because God is everywhere

  • Charlene Jaars - 2015-02-22 18:33

    Lord please protect the miners so that they can be united with their families

  • Jack Phakathi - 2015-02-22 18:33

    Our prayers and faith in HIM will see them return to their families safely. News24 you showing us gold bars instead of a raging fire.

      Andries K Shai - 2015-02-22 19:14

      This Orang tang thing is stupid

      C'est moi - 2015-02-23 00:15

      OT are you really a big ape ? - Luckily most comments came from black and white Christians - You were totally outnumbered and alone while we were united in prayer - Shame on you.

  • Takalani Solomoni Dzhombere - 2015-02-22 18:34

    To rescue team, do your best guys. To miners, families and friends, we as SA, we are with you guys through prayers

  • Bloody Agent - 2015-02-22 18:36

    No good news. Our thoughts are with you!

  • Thabo Tyson - 2015-02-22 18:36

    Prayers to dem all....

  • Jane Nyathi - 2015-02-22 18:37

    Yes Lord let a miracle of safety prevail,

  • Sivuyile Papa - 2015-02-22 18:37

    May all be out alive in Jesus name

  • Mahlatsi Mosira - 2015-02-22 18:40

    God bless mzanzi n dose mine workers

  • Nomfundo Shabane - 2015-02-22 18:41

    Oh lord plz guard doz souls their families need them my uncle works @ da same mine bt he was goin 4 nyt he z safe I'm praying 4 his fellow colleagues

      Ron Gomes - 2015-02-22 18:51

      What's your problem Oranga? If you don't understand what Nomfundo wrote just go on to the next comment or article.

      C'est moi - 2015-02-23 00:29

      Lyk my jy is 'n regte TANG !!!

  • Maboni Boni - 2015-02-22 18:44

    We trust in You Lord because you are God who changes the impossibility to be possible.They are safe in Jesus name.

  • Phumlani Sebe - 2015-02-22 18:46

    Eish lets hope they will survive. Bcz each & every haulage underground has got Refuge bay, with drinking water ,toilet, telephone to communicate in surface god will keep them safe

  • Martin Dimarty Moabelo - 2015-02-22 18:52

    You are mighty God nthng is above you...protect them their families need them alot...Amen

  • Elliot Mashele - 2015-02-22 18:56

    We are praying for them, I believe God gonna be with them and protect them.

  • Friday Nnamani - 2015-02-22 18:57

    What a tragedy, may God help them all

  • Elliot Mashele - 2015-02-22 18:57

    God will protect them.

  • Ishmael Tyulu Ishmael Tyulu - 2015-02-22 18:58

    Allah please protect those miners out there....!!!

      C'est moi - 2015-02-23 00:33

      Thank you Ishmael (son of Hagar) - We serve the same God.

  • Phoziswa Nameka - 2015-02-22 18:58

    God help them

  • Gagaraba Justin Themba - 2015-02-22 18:59

    something must have to be done to improve safety in mines as they are the oasis of world,s economy

  • Eric Bie - 2015-02-22 19:01

    A great GOD plz put hand to them, we need them to save familia

  • Prince Kagitso Mokhetsi - 2015-02-22 19:07

    God plz be with them I hope they return safely to their family's and hope da company they work for sees to dat all worker's affected are taken good care of.,And not try sweep it other the carpet

      Mbali Nkuna - 2015-02-22 19:47

      Lord please help our fellow brothers and sisters to come out safe we need them help help my God

  • MoraLetlala MoraTshele Motobatse - 2015-02-22 19:08

    Father God take control my Lord we need you Holy Spirit.. Our brothers and sisters need you pkease dear Lord Se liehe hothusa...

  • Enos Nephawe - 2015-02-22 19:11

    Please! Let them get help as soon as possible

  • Lungelo Marcia - 2015-02-22 19:16

    They are God's image, Jesus will stretch his righteous hand and snatch them out.

  • Mduduzi Obed Mzobe - 2015-02-22 19:19

    God be with them

  • Mabema Madalane - 2015-02-22 19:26

    May the Lord Jesus Christe the fellowship of the Holy spirit be with them , help the rescue teams and the trapped miners.

  • Andiswa Zingce Roji-Ndengane - 2015-02-22 19:30

    May the Lord keep them safe and work with the Rescue Team to bring them back safely.

  • Lebogang Isaac Mbele - 2015-02-22 19:33

    Nothing is impossible in christ so I declare and proclaim help now I. Jesus name

  • Bruce Hill - 2015-02-22 19:35

    Let's hope and pray that this story has a happy ending

  • Antoinette Pieters - 2015-02-22 19:41

    Hi Oranga Tang of sommer oerangoetan gaan trug bos toe want jy kan ook nie lees nie.

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