Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) shut all mining activity at its Gamsberg mine in South Africa on Nov 17 after a geotechnical failure. 

 

An accident with the mining equipment has caused 10 miners to be trapped under debris, the company said. Eight workers have been rescued. Media reports suggest that the mine will be closed until further notice as the search for the two remaining miners continues on a priority basis. 

 

The Gamsberg zinc mine is controlled by VZI in cooperation with local miner Exxaro Resources. It began commercial production in 2019 and aims to produce 250,000mt of zinc concentrate per year in the first phase of the mine plan. 

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