The purpose of today’s briefing is to officially release the 2019 occupational health and safety statistics for the mining industry. Together with our social partners in the mining industry – organised business and organised labour – we have assessed progress made on health and safety, and what is still to be done to achieve the goal of a fatality-free mining industry.
The health and safety of employees is central to the long-term sustainability of mining. Hence it remains a key priority.
This week we remember the Coalbrook Disaster. Sixty years ago on the 21st January 1960, four hundred and thirty five (435) mineworkers lost their lives in Coalbrook. Since then, we have made significant strides. We have learnt many lessons that have enhanced our approach to health and safety in mining.
We are encouraged that our efforts continue to show a sustainable downward trend in occupational diseases, injuries and fatalities.
Mining in South Africa offers excellent economic opportunities. It must always be done in a responsible manner. Every mine employer must provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of employees and all those that may be directly affected by the activities of mining. There should be a strong focus on the environment and on the interests of all stakeholders.
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