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minerBloomberg News reports that for the first time in almost a decade, more people are dying in South African mines, the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous.  

There were 81 fatalities from January through November, according to data from the Chamber of Mines of SA (COM), while Harmony Gold reported a death at its Tshepong mine on Thursday, bringing the total to 82.  That is the first increase in nine years, and compares with 73 in 2016, the lowest on record.  Charmane Russell, a spokesperson for the COM, said the increase in deaths in 2017 was “particularly disappointing given the improvements we have seen over the past two decades.  However, as will be noted, there have been a couple of periods where the improving trend plateaued.  In each case further thinking has led to new initiatives.”  Tougher sanctions, including holding management personally liable for deaths, would compel the companies to spend more money to protect employees, said Peter Bailey, chair for health and safety at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  Companies were maximising profits while violating safety procedures, he claimed.

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