Mine field deaths in South Africa on the rise

Mining deaths in South Africa have
dropped for eight consecutive years.

With an unforgiving geology, South
Africa is home to the world’s deepest
mines where workers labour up to 4 km
(2-1/2 miles) beneath the surface.

Nevertheless, the industry had been
making great safety strides, with mining
deaths falling for eight straight years –
until this year.

This year however, they seem to be
rising once again. So far 59 miners have
died this year, compared to 48 in 2015.

Unions attribute the rise to a series of
lay-offs, on the back of languishing
profits in the industry and a troubled


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