South Africa’s mining fatalities down slightly in 2018

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The number of people killed in mining accidents in South Africa dropped slightly last year, according to a report released on Friday.

Releasing the 2018 safety report, Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said deaths in the sector declined from 90 in 2017 to 81 last year.

“We must deal with the fatalities,” the minister said.

National Union of Mineworkers President Joseph Montisetse told Xinhua that the safety act should be amended in order for mine managers to be criminally charged with fatalities.
“We want the killing of miners to be declared a criminality,” he said.

“If an investigation is conducted and negligence is found against managers, they must be held liable. Some of these managers put workers’ lives in dangerous areas because there are no consequences,” he said. Enditem

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