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Solidarity2News24 reports that trade union Solidarity expressed "grave concern" on Saturday over safety in South African mines following the recent deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane shaft in Driefontein.  

Seven of the 13 miners who were trapped underground on 3 May after seismic activity have been confirmed dead, while six miners were located and brought to safety.  Advocate Paul Mardon, Solidarity’s deputy general secretary for occupational health and safety, said there was particular concern about seismic activities in deep-level mines that caused falls of ground leading to mining fatalities and injuries.  Mardon said that although the Masakhane incident still had to be investigated in full, indications were that it could have been preceded by seismic activity and that it was followed by further seismic activity.  He added the trade union remained concerned about the increase in fatalities in mines since 2017.  Provisional data indicated that 86 miners died in SA mines in 2017, compared to the 73 mining fatalities in 2016; the 77 in 2015; and the 84 in 2014.  Preliminary figures for 2018 also look bleak with 33 fatalities recorded to date.  The union also expressed its concern about the lack of high-level talks between the various stakeholders in the mining industry to promote health and safety.

  • Read this report by Mxolisi Mngadi in full at News24
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity News
  • See too, Parliament sends condolences to families of Sibanye mineworkers, at News24


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