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Mining Deaths Rise in South African and this is Why



Since the South African Mining Sector Celebrated its lowest number per year in 2019 of 51, 2020 and now 2021 have continued to see increases. According to the Minerals Council South Africa,  more workers are dying at mines as safety deteriorates in the sector that accounts for about 8% of national gross domestic product.

The number of deaths in the world’s top platinum-group metals miner rose to 55 between January and Oct. 28 this year, from 43 in the same period last year, Minerals Council South Africa, an industry lobby for bigger producers, said in a statement. The rising fatalities means workers’ safety is deteriorating for a second year after 60 workers died in accidents last year, the council said. The sector recorded its lowest fatalities on record of 51 workers in 2019, according to the lobby.

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