Sibanye Platinum claims R26.8-m from Mineral Resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane and three DMR officials, for losses during mine safety stoppages.
The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) will open its Mine Health and Safety Centre of Excellence (CoE) in April 2017, to implement mining OHS research findings.
State records show very few legal mine closures, indicating lack of environmental rehabilitation, lingering liabilities, and lack of state rehab capacity.
Mining safety statistics figures for 2016 have improved by 5% against the previous year, said the DMR.
The High Court in 2017 will hear the appeal of employers against the right of gold miners or widows to claim silicosis mining compensation in a class action.
The SA Labour Court instructed DME mining inspectors to restrict section 54 /55 mine safety closures, to sections or levels where they found unsafe conditions.
Mineral Resources minister M Zwane released the latest mining health and safety statistics at a conference in November 2016. Here is a summary.
The Department of Labour called for comment on the draft Explosives Regulations Amendment 2017, including some changes in the required skills.
South Africa is combining its mining, Health, and Labour compensation benefits in a pay-out campaign in 2016.
CSIR director and former chief inspector of mines, Prof May Hermanus, called for a mining safety enforcement debate.
SA Mineral Resources minister Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane defended mining safety stoppages after complaints of production losses by some employers.
A South African woman, Katherine du Preez, was appointed first Queensland Mine Safety and Health Commissioner in June 2016, as black lung disease returns.
Behaviour-based safety programmes require a paradigm shift from workers, and from management, to understand the personal and social motivations involved at work.
The state called for mining safety innovations after retrieval of the body of one of two miners trapped by a fall of ground at Implats 1 Shaft in May 2016.
Former miners suffering from silicosis and TB are allowed to take class action in occupational health claims for damages against gold mines from 2016.
The South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) set guidelines for the mining safety Code of Practice that employers have to compile.
Two Anglo American mines paid R464m silicosis compensation to 4400 former miners, via a ‘top-up’ compensation trust fund founded by seven mining employers.
Minister Zwane and the Mine Health & Safety Inspectorate have been ordered to pay back over R500000 to Glencore for imposing an unlawful and invalid fine.
Mineral resources minister Zwane said he was encouraged by the 2015 mining fatalities figures. Here are the released statistics.
The new Explosives Regulations were published on 10 July 2015 in Government Gazette No. 38970. These regulations come into effect on 10 October 2015.