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South African Mining Deaths Rise as Safety Worsens, Lobby Says

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

South Africa’s mining lobby group said more workers are dying at mines as safety deteriorates in the sector that accounts for about 8% of national gross domestic product.

The number of deaths in the world’s top platinum-group metals miner rose to 55 between January and Oct. 28 this year, from 43 in the same period last year, Minerals Council South Africa, an industry lobby for bigger producers, said in a statement. The rising fatalities means workers’ safety is deteriorating for a second year after 60 workers died in accidents last year, the council said. The sector recorded its lowest fatalities on record of 51 workers in 2019, according to the lobby.