Mponeng Mine continues suspension after 196 employees test positive for COVID-19
AngloGold Ashanti (JSE:ANG) said Monday it voluntarily closed its Mponeng Mine.
The company said 651 staff were tested with 196 yielding positive results. Mponeng has about 5,051 permanent employees and contractors.
"In the vast majority of these cases, the individuals were asymptomatic, with the balance showing very mild symptoms. All positive cases continue to be isolated in line with national health protocols, with on-site isolation facilities available for those who may need them," wrote the company.
The company said operations at Mponeng Mine are voluntarily suspended to enable contact tracing, further engagement with all relevant stakeholders, and deep cleaning and sanitisation of workplaces and key infrastructure.
Mponeng Mine is the world's deepest. Mponeng currently exploits the Ventersdorp Contact Reef (VRC) via a twin-shaft system at depths of between 2.8 to 3.4 kilometres below surface.
Mponeng mine produced 243,000 gold oz at a total cash cost of $976/oz in 2019.