Budget for safety and health in mines not enough – committee

SowetanLive reports that the Select Committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy has raised concerns about the budget allocated for safety and health in mines. According to the committee, the size of the allocation gives the impression that the department does not take mine safety seriously. Committee chairperson Tebogo Modise said the committee was also concerned about how the department plans to conduct oversight over safety in mines as the amendment of the mine safety act is still pending.

The committee was also briefed by the department on its annual performance plan and budget for 2019/20. The department said they were in the process of merging two departments into one which will be completed in March 2020. Modise said they were worried about the reduction in departmental staff set down for 2020 and in budget. The committee expressed its dissatisfaction with the lack of implementation in response to issues raised by mining town communities. It was heard that in Rustenburg and Brits the department failed to implement the concern and inputs raised during the public engagement process.

by Yoliswa Sobuwa