Mining deaths in South Africa have dropped for eight consecutive years.
With an unforgiving geology, South Africa is home to the world’s deepest mines where workers labour up to 4 km (2-1/2 miles) beneath the surface. Nevertheless, the industry had been making great safety strides, with mining deaths falling for eight straight years – until this year.
This year however, they seem to be rising once again. So far 59 miners have died this year, compared to 48 in 2015. Unions attribute the rise to a series of lay-offs, on the back of languishing profits in the industry and a troubled economy.