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(From Financial Mail)
Byline: Brendan Ryan
South Deep CLEARING THE WRECKAGE The accident at South Deep was about as ugly as it gets in deep-level mining except that nobody was killed or injured.
The disaster also reminds us why the major North American gold groups are so wary of deep-level mining. The South Deep shaft system will be closed for up to a year for repairs.
A loaded 28t skip (a huge elevator used to hoist rock), with a further 60t of steel rope attached to it, plunged to the bottom of the 3km-deep main shaft. This shaft is split into four separate compartments, each equipped with skips used to transport workers into and out of …