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miner thumb medium90 104Mining Weekly reports that speakers on Thursday at the Anglo American Tripartite Health and Safety Initiative said that although strides had been made in reducing mine fatalities, occupational diseases and industry disasters, there was still work to be done in the mining industry’s quest for zero harm.  

With the industry continuing its pursuit of zero harm, and having to contend with issues relating to the environment, health, wellness and social impact, this year’s summit was aimed at maintaining and strengthening collaborative relationships and ensuring that the respective visions of stakeholder representatives remained closely aligned.  Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general, Advocate Thabo Mokoena, noted that while there were challenges in the industry, there had been an improvement over time in reducing the number of fatalities.  He emphasised that there was room for further improvement in this regard.  Mokoena noted that the lowest number of fatalities, at 73, had been recorded in 2016.  This, however, increased to 90 fatalities, mainly in gold sector, the following year.  However, a turnaround was being seen, with 81 fatalities reported for 2018, a 10% reduction year-on-year.  Mokoena also paid tribute to the Tripartite, noting that it had successfully demonstrated that significant results could be achieved through collaboration between various stakeholders in the mining industry.  The Tripartite is a multi-stakeholder partnership that was established in 2008 to address the shared challenge of improving health and safety in Anglo American and the industry at large.

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