Racial edicts in the form of the current empowerment regime have been presented as a non-negotiable by President Ramaphosa, writes Terence Corrigan.
Trade union federation Cosatu has slammed Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s statement that bringing criminal charges against mining bosses for fatalities at mines will cripple the industry.
Injuries have decreased in mining operations over the past year - but at the same time, deaths have increased, more than doubling in some sub-sectors.
With the death toll this year alone at Sibanye-Stillwater operations reaching 20, Fin24 looks at the reactions to the deaths of five miners at the Kloof Ikamva shaft near Westonaria.
After more than two decades of improving mine safety since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s progress has stalled with an increase in gold-mining deaths.
Five mineworkers have died and a sixth is still trapped underground after a fire broke out at a copper mine in Limpopo, says the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
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