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numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for an investigation into rising fatalities in the mining industry after two mineworkers died last week at AngloGold Ashanti’s (AGA’s) Mponeng mine.  

Six other miners are recovering in hospital following a fall-of-ground incident at the Carletonville mine that was triggered by a seismic event of 1.1 magnitude at 3.6km on Thursday.  “A thorough investigation is needed to get to the bottom of the fatalities,” Erick Gcilitshana, NUM health and safety secretary said on Friday.  He noted that the increasing number of fall-of-ground incidents, particularly in Klerksdorp and Carletonville, was worrying.  Two mineworkers died at the Mponeng mine in October, while two others died at AGA’s Kopanang mine in September due to fall-of-ground incidents.  Four mineworkers died in July at the Tau Lekoa mine (owned by Heaven Sent, a Chinese venture capital firm) following a fall-of-ground incident and five others died at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine in August.  “It is a point for serious concern for us.  The principals, including chief executives, unionists and the officials from the Department of Mineral Resources, need to come together and discuss safety and how to achieve the vision of zero harm,” said Gcilitshana.

  • Read an extended summary of this report by Dineo Faku at SA Labour News

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