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The South African mining industry has had a challenging year

In his welcoming address at the 2013 Mining Lekgotla, mining-africaAngloAmerican CEO, Mark Cutifani mentioned unemployment, a strained education system, and infrastructure constraints as the major contributing factors to this mining year's challenges. He pointed to the Marikana tragedy as a stark reminder that we as an industry need to do more, collectively and collaboratively, to unify and transform the mining sector. "We need to strive to do more for our communities, to make a meaningful contribution to the societies we operate in and effect a real and sustainable difference for our people".

On the safety issue Cutifani remarked, " SA showed a 66% (2003 – 2012) improvement in fatality reductions and we are the only sector to have set a 10-year milestone agreement amongst all our stakeholders, in place, with the aspirational target of achieving zero fatalities. From 2003 to 2012, the industry’s safety performance has improved year on year by 66%. This is still good, even though we didn’t achieve the 87% target set for 2012, the South African mining sector has shown better progress in safety improvements than the rest of the world, despite the fact that we have tougher operating conditions

  • The US only improved by 47%
  • Canada’s Ontario province improved by only 25%
  • Reason why Ontario is compared, is because it’s the only Canadian province that mines at depths similar to SA
    • They have mines reaching depths of 2km and in SA we have up to 4km
    • I have managed six of the deepest mines in the world
    • Now when you compare the labour intensive nature of our mining industry compared to the mechanised Canadian industry, our performance is especially impressive
    • We have come a long way – my colleagues in Canada keep asking how we do it
    • In the next few years we should focus on becoming the industry benchmark for the industry







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