Posted on: August 11, 2009 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

South Africa. MPs are expected to start inspecting various mines on Tuesday as they try to find solutions to illegal mining. The parliamentarians’ fact-finding mission begins at Harmony Gold’s Eland shaft in Welkom.

That is where 86 people were killed during an illegal mining operation earlier this year.

Parliament’s Committee on Mines said the death of scores of illegal and legal miners was cause for concern.

Committee chair Fred Gona said public hearings revealed the country was losing billions of rand in revenue to sophisticated illegal mining syndicates.

Gona said MPs would probe whether there were any loopholes in mining laws contributing to the problem.

"We will sit down and fine comb all mining legislation to enable us to close off this potential for people to continue with this kind of illegal activity."

Gona said MPs may also consider changes to mining Safety legislation to ensure no more unnecessary deaths occurred.

Source: Eye Witness News