On January 26, Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold operations achieved 10 million fatality-free shifts. This is a significant milestone, which has never been achieved in the history of these gold operations, nor in the history of the South African deep-level gold mining industry, according to the company.
The South African gold operations are among the deepest in the world, extending to more than 3 kilometers (km) below the surface. The achievement was accomplished by 30,000 employees and contractors working safely for 8.5 hours a day over a 519-day period since August 25, 2018.
“Milestones like these illustrate what can be achieved when all stakeholders contribute constructively and work together,” CEO Neal Froneman said. “Special appreciation goes to our workforce for working safely and living our CARES values (commitment, accountability, respect, enabling, safety).
“Our intense focus on safe production across the group continues, with the implementation of longer-term safety and cultural interventions a strategic priority. We continue to promote meaningful engagement with all our stakeholders.”