South Africa. Fines in connection with Health and Safety hazards in South African mines are increased from ZAR200 000.00 to a ZAR1million under the terms of a bill passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday.
“The increase … will serve as an incentive for mine owners to invest in Health and Safety,” Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica told MPs as she opened the debate on the bill.
She added that reinforcing the right of workers to refuse to work in dangerous places will improve safety performance of mines and the country, and the establishment of the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate as an entity of government will assist in attracting the requisite capacity to enforce legislation.
“Strengthening Health and Safety training requirements should lead to improved focus on potentially dangerous situations at all levels of mining organisations,” the minister said.
The bill amending the Mine Health and Safety Act was passed without dissent, and was sent to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.
Posted: 25 September 2008