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miner thumb medium90 104BusinessLive reports that the number of fatalities in SA’s mining industry has increased for the first time in 10 years.  The Chamber of Mines has recorded the deaths of 76 mine workers who were killed in mine-related accidents between January and October 2017.  

The figure is already three higher than the 73 deaths in 2016.  Worrying is that the majority of the deaths were due to ground falls.  Mining trade unions have called on government to prosecute mining bosses over the deaths and for a commission of inquiry to be instituted to investigate the overall safety of mines.  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said that it too was concerned about the spate of mine accidents.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has laid the blame for the accidental deaths at the door of mining companies, saying that the bosses were focused on profit at the expense of employees.  It has also blamed the ineffectiveness of the DMR.  "We are extremely worried.  This is unacceptable and shows employers do not care about the lives of black mine workers in this country," NUM spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu said.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, SA mining laments rise in number of employee fatalities in 2017, at Miningmx


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