Q: Mining companies have been criticised for not doing enough to protect women underground. How does the Chamber respond to this criticism?
A: The Chamber of Mines and its member companies view the safety of all workers very seriously and continue to engage through the tripartite structures on how the issue of safety for women miners can be addressed. Chamber members are committed to the zero harm and zero fatalities objective as agreed upon by all role players in the sector.
Q: According to the Bench Marks Foundation, it has informed the Chamber and DMR of the challenges facing women since 2006. The foundation feels these concerns have not been addressed. How does the Chamber respond to this criticism?
A: The Chamber and its members companies continue to engage at the relevant forums to put in place systems and best practices that will eliminate harm to any work.
Q: The Chamber was criticised after the murder of miner Pinky Mosiane at Anglo Platinum in 2012 year for not doing enough to ensure that the investigation was carried out swiftly. Did the Chamber take any steps to assist the investigation?
A: This is a criminal matter and is being dealt with through the criminal justice system and therefore we respect that process. However, the Chamber and its members are committed to upholding the law and cooperative (sic) fully with law enforcement agencies in relation to any criminal activity within the sector. We believe that one death is one too many and we should all put our efforts in combating criminality within the sector.
Q: We understand that mines have CCTV cameras underground. Has footage been handed to police to assist with investigations?
A: Affected companies, as far as incidents in their respective operations, cooperate fully with law enforcement authorities.
Q: What did the footage contain?
A: This is third-party information; therefore you will need to ask the respective company and the police.