“The Chamber of Mines and its members are deeply saddened that in the middle of this year, 63 mine employees have already lost their lives. The loss of one employee at work is not acceptable and the number of those who have already passed is unacceptably high since our objective is to see every mine employee return home unharmed every day,” said Bheki Sibiya, chief executive of the South African Chamber of Mines.

In an effort to heighten its efforts to improve safety and eliminate fatalities, the South African Chamber of Mines Council agreed to establish a special CEO “Elimination of Fatalities Team.” The team will be led by Mark Cutifani, vice president of the Chamber of Mines and chief executive of AngloGold Ashanti. The team will share experiences and help each other develop means of how to solve key challenges in mine safety.