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MineralsCouncilSABloomberg reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) provisionally advised on Friday that the death toll in SA’s mines rose by 18% in the year to 14 December 2020, driven by accidents related to rocks falls and transportation.  

The MCSA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) said the industry had recorded 58 fatalities by that date, compared to 49 deaths during the same period the previous year.  The council recorded a total of 51 deaths in 2019, the lowest fatality rate since records began a century ago.  The MCSA said rock fall incidents had mostly impacted the gold and platinum sector, while transport related accidents were mainly seen in the platinum and coal sectors.  “That we recorded an increase in fatal accidents in 2020, this despite shutdowns and reduced operations during the early stages of lockdown, is extremely disappointing to us,” said MCSA president Mxolisi Mgojo.  Mines have also recorded 286 Covid-19 related deaths and 27,316 cases of the disease.  The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is expected to release its own data on deaths in the industry in the early part of 2021.

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