Posted on: February 27, 2009 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Following the Mine Health and Safety Audit ordered by former president Thabo Mbeki, the Chamber of Mines reported that it supported the recommendations.

A total of 335 mines were audited. The audit was initiated after 3200 workers were immobilised underground for 42 hours in October of 2007.

Sipho Nkosi, president of the Chamber of Mines welcomed the report and saw it as a tool to accelerate Safety and Health improvements in the industry.

He also added that after due consideration of the report and its findings, several statements were generalisations which they could not comment on in detail.

Mr Nkosi also added that most of the recommendations in the report had already been implemented by the Chamber of Mines which also welcomed moves to strengthen the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate.

The president of the Chamber of Mines felt that the high dynamic factor and complexity of the mining industry made it essential for the innspectorate to be properly staffed and that they should utilise appropriate technologies to improve performance

Source: Sapa