Mine deaths in South Africa rise for second consecutive year

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The safety of workers in the mines of South Africa continues to deteriorate.

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Deaths at South Africa’s mines, which include the world’s deepest gold and platinum operations, rose for the second year in a row as worker safety deteriorated.

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The toll so far in 2021 was 69, up from 48 a year ago, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said in a statement on Monday. In 2019, 51 people died throughout the year, the lowest number of deaths on record before climbing to 60 last year.

The ministry is looking to improve safety practices to address ground falls and transport-related accidents as the leading causes of death in the mining sector, said the statement, which is jointly issued with the Minerals Council South Africa. it was done. The industry, which employs more than 450,000 people and accounts for about 8% of the economy, has seen a decline in mortality rates over the first several decades.

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“This is the second year in a row that the mortality rate has declined and industry stakeholders have committed to urgently address the unacceptable situation,” he said.

Sibanye Stillwater Ltd said on Friday that four workers were killed in two separate incidents at its platinum and gold mines, raising the death toll at its operations to 18 in 2021. Rival miner Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd also reported four deaths in recent days following two incidents. In his mines in Rustenburg.

(Updated with comments from Ministry and Mineral Council in fourth paragraph)

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