Mining health and safety summit

A multi-stakeholder health and safety summit was hosted by Sibanye-Stillwater recently, at the Johannesburg Country Club.

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The summit was attended by various key players from different areas of the mining industry such as the Department of Mineral Resources, (DMR), Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), United Association of South Africa (UASA) and Solidarity.

Despite significant improvements in safety across the SA Mining industry, the positive safety trend was reversed in 2017 when for the first time in 10 years, the industry showed an increase in work related fatal accidents.

All participants to the summit recognised the importance of continuing dialogues, where stakeholders can put their differences aside and prioritise the health of safety of all workers.

A stakeholder pledge was crafted by all attendees, establishing the scope and spirit in which stakeholders agree to work further towards achieving zero harm.

‘As organised labour, the DMR and the management of Sibanye-Stillwater, we acknowledge the parties’ statutory obligation and workers right that our destiny is shared and commit ourselves, through constructive, transparent collaboration and compliance, to achieving zero harm,’ was the pledge.

All of the stakeholders agreed that the summit was an important first step in the quest for zero harm and have committed to continuing with the engagement in three weeks’ time, where multi-stakeholder work streams will discuss and agree on critical actions that need to be taken.


 

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