AngloGold Ashanti (ANGJ.J: Quote), the world's No. 3 gold producer, said on Monday it had resumed production at a mine in South Africa after it failed to locate a worker who went missing at the operation on April 25.
Despite a search at its Great Noligwa Mine, rescue teams had not yet found the employee, and after consulting with the Department of Minerals and the unions, the mine was given a go-ahead to resume production on Monday, spokeswoman Joanne Jones said.
The mine resumed production this morning; we have been searching for the missing miner since last week Saturday, but no trace has been found, Jones told Reuters.
The agreement to resume production was given for an initial three days.
She said the search for the miner would continue and the parties would convene in three days to decide on a way forward.
The worker failed to return to surface after carrying out a standard shaft clearance procedure on April 25, and a mine-wide search had been under way since then.
Great Noligwa is located close to the town of Orkney in the Free State province. Production at the mine declined by 32 percent to 330,000 ounces in 2008.
(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak)
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