Miner dies at Gold Fields’ Driefontein mine

Johannesburg – A mineworker died in an accident at Gold Fields’ Driefontein mine outside Carletonville on Tuesday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.

“The NUM passes its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and calls on the industry to reprioritise safety at a time when some mines have decided to contest safety measures in the name of production,” spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement.

The worker, a loco driver, was pinned against a machine and died on the scene.

The union expressed concern that the Chamber of Mines remained far from its zero-fatality target despite talk of progress in terms of reducing mine deaths over the last ten years.

Last week Mineral and Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said those who could not mine safely, should not mine at all.

She urged shareholders and chief executives to take responsibility for safety in South African mines.

Gold Fields could not immediately be reached for comment.

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