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Randfontein – Mining companies should prioritise health and safety performance and not place more value on profits over the lives of workers, said Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

The minister was speaking at a press briefing at Harmony Gold in Randfontein on Thursday, where he released the statistics for health and safety performance in the mining industry for 2016.

“If you cannot mine safely, then don’t mine at all,” he said, referring to the accident at Lily Mine in Barberton, where three miners lost their lives.

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