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minerReuters reports that the 2017 death toll in SA’s mines has already surpassed the 2016 figure, ending nine straight years of falling fatalities in the world’s deepest mines and raising red flags for the industry, government and labour groups.  

The trend reversal is likely to reignite investor concern over mine safety and could prompt the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to step up shaft inspections, which often result in costly production stoppages.  Fatal accidents last week raised the number of fatalities in 2017 so far to 76, above the 73 reported in 2016.  Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith, who heads the Chamber of Mines’ CEO Zero Harm Forum, said the industry, government and labour needed to “accelerate initiatives that could improve this unacceptable performance”.  The DME said “the department will certainly be stepping up efforts around this issue”, including closing operations for non-compliance with safety regulations.  Solidarity’s Paul Mardon said there were concerns that production pressures were compromising safety as workers worried about their jobs in a difficult economic climate.

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