Radio Netherlands Worldwide

SSO Login

More login possibilities:

  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
Sunday 26 October  
Diamant mine in South Africa.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

Mine-related deaths dwindle in South Africa

Published on : 8 May 2012 - 8:37am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: Flickr)
More about:

Thanks to improved safety in South Africa’s mining industry, fatalities are at a monthly low. Mines minister Susan Shabangu reported three deaths in April, compared to a monthly average of 11 or more.

"There has been a significant improvement on health and safety since the department intensified enforcement measures at the mines," Shabangu said in a speech to the National Council of Provinces dated 3 May, which was obtained by Reuters on Monday.

"In fact, the month of April 2012 has recorded the lowest fatalities ever, of three deaths, when compared with other historical figures, which were generally more than 11 deaths per month," she said.

This year to date, 39 people have lost their lives in South African mines compared with 42 in the same period in 2011, while the number of mine injuries fell 35 percent to 668, Shabangu said in the speech.

Deepest and some of most dangerous
South Africa's mines are the world's deepest and among the most dangerous, and Shabangu's ministry has been leading a drive that has included a surge in inspections, and stoppages for safety violations.

South Africa's mining output fell sharply in volume terms in February, the latest month for which data is available, highlighting the impact of the safety push.

Production of platinum group metals (PGMs) fell 47.6 percent while gold output fell 11.5 percent in volume terms in February. Total mineral production was down 14.5 percent compared with the same month last year.

Source: Reuters 


Post new comment

Please be reminded all comments must be in English, short and to the point - guideline 250 words. Abusive and inappropriate comments will be removed.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p> <br>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options