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Mining fatalities on the rise in South Africa - Department of Mineral Resources

Mining News - Published on Mon, 27 Aug 2018

Image Source: reported that the Department of Mineral Resources told Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources that while injuries decreased on mining operations between 2017 and 2018, fatalities were on the rise. According to a submission from the department, the number of injuries on mining operations decreased from 1 749 to 1 358 between 2017 and 2018.

However, in the same period, fatalities on mining operations went up from 51 to 58. The issue has prompted outrage from the department and mining sector unions, who have slammed companies for failing to keep workers safe.

Among the latest cases of miners losing their lives on the job are 20 deaths at Sibanye Stillwater’s Westonaria operations in June, and 13 at Harmony Gold’s operations in the past year.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 27 Aug 2018
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