Vedanta continues search for worker trapped at Gamsberg

Gamsberg zinc mine is located in the Northern Cape, South Africa. (Image courtesy of Vedanta Zinc International.)

Vedanta’s zinc unit said on Thursday it was still searching for an employee who was trapped underground following a rockfall last week at its Gamsberg zinc mine in South Africa.

“A team consisting of geotechnical and mining engineers, supported by third party experts have recommended the construction of an access ramp onto the top of the failed mass to enable safe access to the affected areas,” Vedanta Zinc International said.

The mine shutdown helped push prices for zinc, a metal used to galvanise steel, to an 18-month high last week.

The Gamsberg mine opened in early 2019. VZI is the majority owner with a 69.6% stake, while Exxaro Resources holds a 24.4% interest. The remaining 6% is held by the Employee Share Ownership Plan.

At full production capacity in phase 1, Gamsberg will produce 250 000 t/y of zinc in concentrate, according to Vedanta’s website.

(By Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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