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Elandsrand (Afrikaans for “elk ridge”) is a small mining town approximately 10 km (6 mi) outside Carletonville next to Blyvooruitzicht.

Place in Gauteng, South Africa


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Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District West Rand
Municipality Merafong City

  Total 12.80 km2 (4.94 sq mi)

  Total 2,191
  Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)

  Black African 96.9%
  Coloured 0.7%
  White 2.1%
  Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)

  Sotho 32.7%
  Xhosa 31.2%
  Zulu 7.9%
  Swazi 7.9%
  Other 20.4%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code 018

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On 3 October 2007, 3,200 mine workers were trapped in the gold mine after an accident blocked a deep (2.2 km) shaft near the bottom. Rescuers used an adjacent shaft to rescue the miners, a spokeswoman for the mine’s owner, Harmony Gold Mining, said.[2]

Elandsrand mine is 8 km (5 mi) from Carltonville near Western Deep Levels to the East and Deelkraal to the West. It has twin shafts very close to each other, one being a production shaft, the other a service shaft for men and equipment. The incident trapping the miners occurred in the service shaft when a 15-meter section of compressed air pipe burst and fell to the shaft bottom, in the process damaging steel shaft guides, and electrical lines which cut off power to the hoist on the service cage. Because the service shaft became inoperable, miners were brought up using the production shaft, after changing out the skips for a cage.[3] The cages in the service shaft are of a 3 deck configuration with a capacity of about 150 personnel, and are capable of operating at speeds of 50 km (31 mi) per hour. The service cage would not be able to fit into the hoisting compartments in the production shaft due to different shaft sizes, and different compartment configurations. Due to this fact a smaller cage with a slower hoisting speed was used in the skip compartments. As a result, evacuation of the trapped miners took longer than had the miners been able to use the service shaft as an egress. Eventually all the miners were rescued unharmed from the mine.[2]

Municipalities and communities of West Rand District Municipality, Gauteng
District seat: Randfontein
Mogale City
West Rand District within South Africa
Merafong City
Rand West City

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