Johannesburg - The department of mineral resources (DMR) confirmed on Friday that five mineworkers died in mine accidents while the two-day Mine Health and Safety Summit was in progress.
In 2018, 74 mineworkers died in mining accidents prompting the department to say that the upward movement seen at the end of 2017 was concerning and requires decisive intervention following a positive decade downward trend in fatalities.
A mineworker died at Anglo American Platinum Dishaba Mine close to Thabazimbi in Limpopo on Thursday, while the anther mineworker died at AngloGold Ashanti's Kopanang Mine in North West, both from fall of ground.
The objective of the summit was to review the health and safety performance of the mining sector and to develop strategies to accelerate the achievement of the goal of zero harm.
The department said it has since dispatched a team of inspectors to the respective sites to commence with in-loco inspections, saying that these accidents were challenging the stakeholders to work with even more urgency in resolving the safety challenges the industry.