: The Minerals Council South Africa gave a strong assurance, at a media briefing at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2022 conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, that it was acting to halt and reverse the regression in mine safety in South Africa that had taken place over the past three or so years. “Nearly half of the staff in the Minerals Council are on safety, nearly half the budget is on safety,” highlighted CEO Roger Baxter. The Minerals Council had a tremendous focus on safety.
: South African underground mining industry has long been faced with a worrisome increase in fall of ground (FOG) related fatalities. An investigation into the leading causes of fatalities in 2020, revealed that fall of ground incidents accounted for 36% of fatalities in the industry. Minerals Council South Africa recently hosted what it refers to as Fall of Ground Action Plan Day of Learning, with the aim to curb the now seemingly decreasing number.