Mining death stats worry unions, Chamber of Mines

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Johannesburg – Although fatal accidents in the mining industry reduced by 5% in 2016, there is a general air of disappointment among different stakeholders.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane released the health and safety statistics for the industry at a press briefing at Harmony Gold in Randfontein on Thursday.  

The statistics showed that fatalities had come down from 77 in 2015 to 73 in 2016. The major contributors to these fatalities were gold mines (30) and platinum mines (27). Followed by coal mines (5) and other mines such as diamond, chrome, copper and iron ore (12).

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