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Committee visits mines on health & safety fact-finding mission

Committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipho says the visits to the mines are important to help understand what mine management is doing to improve health and safety.

Five workers were killed during a rockfall at Kusasalethu last month. Picture: Harmony Gold

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources will visit the Doornkop mine in Soweto this morning as it continues with its fact-finding mission on mining health and safety standards.

On Wednesday the committee went to Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine and AngloGold's Mponeng operation in Carletonville.

Five workers were killed during a rockfall at Kusasalethu last month.

Committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipho says the visits to the mines are important in getting a firsthand feel of management’s managerial models at the mines and what they are doing to improve health and safety.

“They have given us a clue or a direction that there are interventions for instances that can be made in relation to seismic events.”

While visiting the Mponeng mine, Lisupha says it has proper governances in place which has led to a zero percent fatality score during its previous financial year and so far into its current one as opposed to its neighbour Kusasalethu.

The oversight committee met with the Chamber of Mines and unions during its visits to the Gauteng mines this week and will conclude its outing on Friday at the Mintek in Randburg.

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)