South Africa Tells Gold Fields to Improve Workers’ Facilities

Gold Fields Ltd. was told to improve workers’ facilities at its South Deep mine, including offering a mobile health clinic and accommodation for some staff, in a letter from South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources.

The letter asked the company to put in place a social program, Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunsche said, confirming a report today in the Johannesburg-based Business Day newspaper.

“We’ve responded to the DMR about those issues and we are working to resolve them in a timely manner,” he said by phone.

Gold Fields brought in a team of Australians this year to turn around performance at South Deep, a mine that would have become the country’s biggest next year if not for delays.

“Mining companies must be forced to comply with the law,” Livhuwani Mammburu, a spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers, said by phone. If they don’t comply, “their licenses must be taken away,” he said.

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