Minister calls for safety in mines

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has appealed for extra caution to be taken on health and safety in the mines.

This follows a fall of ground accident at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine over the weekend, where three employees lost their lives.

The Department of Mineral Resources said seven workers were trapped underground after a seismic event led to the fall of ground. Two of the employees escaped with minor injuries. The rescue operation for the remaining two workers continues.

“We are concerned about the accidents we are seeing in the industry. As we head towards the last quarter of the year, we are asking that employers and the workforce remain alert and continue to prioritise safety, and as the Regulator we will be increasing inspections.

“We continue to engage with business and labour unions to look at how we can together ensure that the positive strides we have made on health and safety are not reversed,” Minister Zwane said.

Source: South African Government News Agency