Im­plats’ killer shaft

Min­is­ter re­leases his­tor­i­cally lower death rate stats at mines, but union says zero harm is a pipe dream un­less com­pa­nies are held ac­count­able

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since the start of min­ing in South Africa”.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 77 mine work­ers died on the job, com­pared with 84 in 2014.

“This is en­cour­ag­ing and an in­di­ca­tion that our com­bined ef­forts as stake­hold­ers are bear­ing fruit,” Zwane said, adding that “we are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion” to­wards achiev­ing zero harm in min­ing.

The Cham­ber of Mines wel­comed the lower sta­tis­tics, say­ing it was “grat­i­fied to note the con­tin­u­ing im­prove­ment in safety per­for­mance”, and “as em­ploy­ers, we will con­tinue to work stead­fastly with other stake­hold­ers in our quest for zero harm”. But Mathun­jwa said “zero harm” was a “pipe dream”. “Zero harm will never be re­alised un­less min­ing com­pa­nies are held fully ac­count­able for each and ev­ery in­jury and death in the work­place,” he said.

PHOTO: EL­IZ­A­BETH SE­JAKE

LIFE IN THE UN­DER­GROUND de­tected

Amcu has queried why work­ers were al­lowed to go un­der­ground af­ter gas and smoke were

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