Zwane de­nies re­ceipt of sum­monses

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - – Staff Re­porter

MIN­ERAL Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane last night de­clined to com­ment on re­ports that Sibanye Plat­inum had served sum­monses on him and three of­fi­cials, say­ing he had not yet re­ceived the sum­monses. This fol­lowed re­ports yes­ter­day that Sibanye Plat­inum had served the sum­monses‚ claim­ing R26.8 mil­lion. Last night the De­part­ment of Min­eral Re­sources said Zwane had noted “with con­cern” me­dia re­ports re­lat­ing to min­ing com­pa­nies Sibanye and An­gl­o­Gold Ashanti, on health and safety in the min­ing sec­tor. “It is un­for­tu­nate that both com­pa­nies are choos­ing to re­peat­edly sug­gest, through their ut­ter­ances in the me­dia, that they are re­fus­ing to com­ply with the min­ing laws of the coun­try. This is es­pe­cially con­cern­ing, given the fact that the plat­inum and gold sec­tors were the big­gest con­trib­u­tors to fatalities in 2016. To­gether, these two com­pa­nies were re­spon­si­ble for the death of 19 minework­ers in 2016,” the de­part­ment said. It said Sec­tion 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act was in­tended to safe­guard the lives of em­ploy­ees, and any com­pany could in terms of Sec­tion 57 of the act ap­peal the de­part­ment’s de­ci­sion and rea­sons for is­su­ing a Sec­tion 54 no­tice. “Profit-mak­ing and the health and safety of work­ers are not mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive and it is un­ac­cept­able that these com­pa­nies are choos­ing to cheapen the lives of mine work­ers in this man­ner,” Zwane said.

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