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Health and Safety
Day 3 of Digital DRC Mining focused on COVID-19 and the mining sector adopting new technologies and rethinking their H&S protocols.
Rampant illegal mining poses a considerable threat to the formal mining industry in terms of sustainability as well as posing innumerable risk to the wellbeing of surrounding communities, according to Aspasa director Nico Pienaar.
With only three months remaining in 2019, South Africa’s mining industry is on track to achieve the lowest number of fatalities in recorded history – having recorded 35 fatalities for 2019, as at 23 September 2019 – a marked improvement on the 81 fatalities suffered in 2018.
The Department of Mineral Resources and its tripartite stakeholders have reviewed the health and safety performance of the mining sector and developed strategies to accelerate the achievement of the goal of zero harm.
South Africa’s four mining unions have submitted recommendations to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on health and safety challenges facing the mining industry.