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Solidarity concerned about safety in South African mines


The trade union Solidarity has expressed its grave concern about safety in South African mines in the wake of the recent accident at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane shaft at Driefontein in Gauteng that claimed seven lives.

Advocate Paul Mardon‚ Solidarity’s deputy general secretary for occupational health and safety‚ said the union was particularly concerned about seismic activities in deep-level mines that cause falls of ground leading to mining fatalities and injuries.

He was commenting after 13 miners were trapped underground on Thursday at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane mine in Driefontein near Carletonville on the West Rand following three seismic events. Seven of the miners died while six are in a stable condition in hospital.

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S. African president urges solutions to “unacceptable rate of death” in mines – Xinhua


CAPE TOWN, May 5 (Xinhua) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday called for solutions to “the unacceptable rate of death” in the country’s mines following the death of seven miners.

He made the appeal after the death toll at a South African mine had risen to seven following initial reports that four workers had passed away.

Repeated earthquakes struck the Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine near Carletonville, Gauteng Province on Thursday and Friday, trapping a total of 13 miners. Six other miners were injured and rescued.

Ramaphosa voiced hope that the investigation into the Driefontein disaster “will identify the causes of the incident and lead to solutions that will address the unacceptable rate of death in South African mines.”

“We should spare no cost and no…

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Research into occupational noise induced hearing loss in South African large-scale mines: Access denied?


Introduction

The mining industry in South Africa remains one of the driving forces behind the development of the country’s economy. Currently, mining in South Africa is reported as a significant contributor to the economy in that firstly, it contributes an average of 20% to South Africa’s GDP. Secondly, it boasts a total annual income of nearly 550 billion rand. Thirdly, it is one of the country’s biggest employers with more than a million personnel in the workforce in mining-related employment, with the majority of the workforce being black males. Lastly, it has been regarded as the largest contributor by value to black economic empowerment in the economy (See article from Mining.com). However, the South African mining industry is frequently criticized for its poor health and safety…

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Troubled Gupta Coal Mines Threaten S. Africa With Power Cuts


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South Africa’s state-owned power utility is working with the National Treasury to source more coal for seven of its plants that don’t have adequate supply, raising the specter of a return to rolling power cuts that have periodically slowed the economy since 2008.

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is diverting coal to the under-resourced stations from facilities that have sufficient supply, spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said on Johannesburg-based broadcaster SAfm. The supply problems stem from mines run by Tegeta Exploration and…

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Clearing land mines in Africa will require more concerted efforts – World


‘Currently 179 life-saving Mine Action projects are taking place in 22 countries, many of which are in Africa’, Colonel Nurudeen Azeez, Head of the Operational Support and Advisory Unit at UNOAU, underscored at this year’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

The day was observed at the African Union headquarters on April 4th, 2018 by AU Member States, partners, the African Union and the UN taking on the global theme: ‘Advancing Protection, Peace and Development.’

While remarkable successes have been scored by countries through on-going efforts to reduce risks associated with land mines, explosive remnants of war and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), it was noted that more needs to be done. Increasing resource mobilization, developing personnel…

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