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.
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.
A South African woman, Katherine du Preez, was appointed first Queensland Mine Safety and Health Commissioner in June 2016, as black lung disease returns.
The South African Mineral Resources (DMR) budget includes several mine health and safety measures for the 2015-2016 financial year.
Two Mine Health and Safety Regulations amendments in September 2014, aim to improve occupational disease reporting by employers.
The draft Mine Health and Safety Amendment Bill of November 2013, including a new definition of ‘mining area’, is out for comment.