PRETORIA– Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has called for increased vigilance on health and safety in South Africa’s mining sector after three fatalities were reported at mines this week.
The fatalities bring to 22 the total number of fatalities recorded in the first quarter of 2018.
Mantashe Wednesday has urged employers and labour to continue to work with the department to find solutions to health and safety issues at the country’s mines, through established structures, including the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC).
In 2017, the number of fatalities increased for the first time in 10 years, with 88 mine workers losing their lives, compared with 73 in 2016.
Turning the tide on fatalities in the sector is the responsibility of all social partners — Government, labour and business — and is critical for the sustainability of the mining industry in the long term, the Department of Mineral Resources said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK