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parliamentSowetanLive reports that the Select Committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy has raised concerns about the budget allocated for safety and health in mines.  

In its view, the size of the allocation gave the impression that the mineral resources and energy department did not take mine safety seriously.  Committee chairperson Tebogo Modise said they were also concerned about how the department planned to conduct oversight over safety in mines as the amendment of the mine safety act was still pending.  The committee was also briefed by the department on its annual performance plan and budget for 2019/20.  The department indicated that they were in the process of merging the two departments into one, which would be completed in March 2020.  Modise commented that they were worried about the reduction in departmental staff set down for 2020 and in the budget.  “We wonder how will the department reach its set targets.  Moreover the reduction of the budget will hamper job creation, which is a priority raised by the president in the state of the nation address.  The closing of mining shafts is another contributor towards job losses particularly in Rustenburg and Klerskdorp,” Modise pointed out.  The committee expressed its dissatisfaction with the lack of implementation in response to issues raised by mining town communities.  It was heard that in Rustenburg and Brits the department had failed to implement the concern and inputs raised during the public engagement process.

  • Read the full original of Yoliswa Sobuwa’s report in the above regard at SowetanLive

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