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comMiningmx reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA (COM) has expressed regret about the number of seismicity-related incidents this year on SA’s gold mines, the latest of which at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine claimed seven lives.  

But it defended the industry’s record, saying hundreds of millions of rands had been invested by the sector in understanding the phenomenon.  It said the number of fatalities associated with seismicity fell from 48 in 2003 to 14 in 2019 as a result of research into rockbursts leading to the falls of ground that typically resulted in employee underground deaths on the mines.  “This focus is reflected in the more than R150m that the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) has invested in falls of ground research.  Furthermore, through the MHSC, more than R250m has been spent on research into the seismicity associated with our deep-level mines,” the COM said in a statement.  It added that a further R40m had been spent on “… fundamental and applied research and technology transfer”.  The research outcomes has led to new mine designs and methods.  The Chamber added, however, that it was concerned regarding the increase in the number of rockbursts related to seismic activity.  In an effort to understand the concerns, the Mining Industry Occupational Safety and Health Fall of Ground task team had been established.

  • Read this report by David McKay in full at Miningmx
  • Read too, NUM angry after workers killed at Sibanye-Stillwater mine, at The Citizen

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