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implatsheadgear smlThe Citizen reports that according to the Chamber of Mines of SA (COM), at least 76 mineworkers have been killed and 2,156 miners sustained serious injuries since the beginning of this year.  

The death toll and injuries include two miners who were killed and six who sustained injuries as a result of a rockfall at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng Mine last Thursday.  According to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), the industry recorded 73 fatalities and 2,846 serious injuries in 2016, as compared to 77 fatalities and 3,139 serious injuries in 2015.  COM spokesperson Charmane Russell said:  “We are extremely disappointed that we have seen a regression in the consistent improvements we have seen over the past decade.”  NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu commented:  “We are worried about the fatalities of mineworkers, because they do not seem to stop.  We are concerned that more than 70 mineworkers have died since the beginning of the year.”  A DMR spokesperson said the department was deeply worried about the unacceptably high fatalities.

  • Read this report by Vicky Abraham in full at The Citizen

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