Search continues for Harmony miner

Teams have now broadened their search for a missing miner at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine.

Teams have now broadened their search for a missing miner at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine. Picture: Harmony Gold

JOHANNESBURG - Teams have now broadened their search for a missing miner at Harmony Gold' s Doornkop mine.

Eight others were found dead during the early hours of this morning after a fire, believed to be triggered by a seismic event, caused a partial tunnel collapse and damaged electric cables.

Initially, 17 employees were trapped underground on Tuesday, but some were brought back to the surface on Wednesday unharmed.

Harmony Gold's James Duncan says search teams are still combing through the shafts where the fire broke out, looking for the missing miner.

He says the operation will continue until the miner is found or it's clear what happened to him.

Duncan also says Harmony Gold will assist the families of the eight employees who died.

"That programme of action and support has already started rolling out and will roll out over the next few days and weeks."

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu is due to visit the mine to get an update on what occurred.