Worker killed at AngloGold mine
The death of a miner at AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong mine on Monday brings the number of deaths in South African mines to 24 since the beginning of this year. This month alone, 10 miners have died at work. The worker at the mine in the Vaal River area, south of Johannesburg, died when two trains collided underground. According to statistics supplied by the department of mining, in each of January and February there were seven mining-related fatalities. Last year, 166 people are estimated to have been killed at mines – as against 171 in 2008. The final number for last year is still being calculated because the circumstances of some fatal accidents are being disputed by the unions or managements. National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said the union planned to intensify its call for the prosecution of mine executives in connection with mining fatalities.