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SA mine deaths fall to record low

As safety improves.
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The number of workers killed at South African mines dropped to the lowest on record last year, a sign that safety performance is improving at some of the world’s deepest shafts.

There were 51 fatalities reported, down from 81 a year earlier, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said in a statement handed to reporters in Pretoria on Friday. It doesn’t provide a breakdown of mining companies responsible for the deaths.

“We are doing relatively better than we expected, we have improved dramatically, but lets aim for a fatality-free mining industry,” Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said at the briefing.

South Africa’s mines are among the world’s deepest and least mechanised, typically relying on older, labor-intensive mining methods. Still, the number of workers killed at operations has plunged from more than 550 in the mid-1990s. Deaths at gold mines last year more than halved to 19, while fatalities at platinum-group metals mines rose to 19 from 12.

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“The number of workers killed at South African mines dropped to the lowest on record last year, a sign that safety performance is improving at some of the world’s deepest shafts.”

Is the above statement correct… Is the reason not that mining activity has decreased. How many shafts have we closed?…

I think we are mislead here.

My first thoughts as well. Plot the number of deaths per 100 000 active miners or per ounce mined.

And now in other news:

South African deep level mining output drops to the lowest in 50 years !!!

Well done !!!!

19 deaths in SA gold mining and 19 in Platinum? Yoh. What about injuries? Zero deaths in Bitcoin mining. #dropgold. Buy Bitcoin, save lives, lol

I am rather surprised to learn that South Africa still has a mining sector, despite the sterling efforts of the ANC government.
But no need for immediate concern, Gwede and the gang will soon see to it that the “fatality-free mining industry” – better known by its other name, the “non-existent mining industry” – brings all the long-awaited fruits of the National Democratic Revolution and the Socialist Utopia.

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