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15 Feb 2016

Dineo Faku, IOL (South Africa)

NGOs call for tough action against Lily Mine management, should negligence be proven

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"Lily incident puts mine safety in focus", 16 Feb 2016

Mining community organisations [have] weighed in on the Lily Mine accident, calling for the directors of the mine to be held personally liable should negligence be proven. Mandla Mbongeni Hadebe, the programmes manager at the Cape Town headquartered Economic Justice Network, said...that mining companies put more emphasis on profit than the safety and security of mineworkers... Catherine Horsfield, an attorney and mining programme head at the Centre for Environmental Rights, said the mining industry had not implemented safety regulations adequately. “Too often there is inadequate, and at times an absence of, compliance monitoring of mining operations by the Department of Mineral Resources, leaving this hazardous industry to regulate itself, with disastrous consequences,” she said.