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SolidarityNetwerk24 reports that in response to the tragic mining accident at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine over the weekend, trade union Solidarity has called on employers to renew their efforts to prevent further mine deaths.  

According to Adv. Paul Mardon, Deputy General Secretary of the Occupational Health and Safety division at Solidarity, 2017 has been a difficult year in the mining industry and several incidents have occurred.  “That is precisely why we cannot place enough focus on and pledge dedication to health and safety in mines,” Mardon said.  He noted that mining deaths for 2017 currently amounted to about 53 - apparently an 11% improvement compared with the corresponding time last year - but when the recent mine deaths were taken into account, the number of deaths could exceed those of 2016.  According to Mardon, the increase in deaths could be attributed to the demands imposed by a repressed economy on the sustainability of the industry and on mineworkers.  In his view there is a correlation between increased retrenchments at mines and a decline in focus and concentration by employers.

  • Read a report in this regard at Netwerk24 (limit on access)
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity online
  • See too, Mynsterftes 2017: Rede tot kommer sê Solidariteit, at Maroela Media
  • And also, ‘Veiliger in weermag as in myne’, at Netwerk24 (limit on access)

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