5% improvement in mining fatalities in 2016

Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says 73 fatalities were reported in 2016 as compared to 77 in the previous year.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane address media at Harmony Gold Mine in Randfontein on 19 January, 2017. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Mineral Resources Department says that there were fewer fatalities in the mining sector last year, compared to 2015.

Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has released last year’s statistics on health and safety in the mining sector at Harmony Gold’s offices in Randfontein.

He says that while more mining companies have recorded no fatalities, there are still too many deaths and health hazards.

Zwane says that 73 fatalities were reported in 2016 compared to 77 in the previous year.

The minister says that this a 5% improvement, but that the goal is to achieve zero fatalities.

“More measures have to be put in place this year, to ensure that we do more impact than what we have done last year.”

However, unions say that there is nothing to celebrate because still too many people are being killed or injured without compensation from the mining companies.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)