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AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., temporarily halted work at its Mponeng gold mine in South Africa after more than 164 workers tested positive for Covid-19.
The world’s third-largest gold miner detected a cluster of infections after a mass testing campaign, and the majority of confirmed cases were asymptomatic, said Chris Nthite, a spokesman for the company. AngloGold conducted 650 tests since Thursday, he added. Mponeng, the last of AngloGold’s South African assets, employs about 5,000 workers.
“As a precautionary step, operations at Mponeng Mine -– which were running at 50% capacity -– have been temporarily halted on a voluntary basis to complete contact tracing and to again deep clean and sanitize the workplace and key infrastructure,” Nthite said.
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