Mineral Resources Exposes Tegeta Labour Issues

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Mineral Resources Exposes Tegeta Labour Issues


THE Department of Mineral Resources yesterday laid bare Tegeta Exploration and Resources' non-compliance with mining regulations and safety measures at its coal and uranium mines in Mpumalanga and North West.

In a presentation to Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources, the department detailed Tegeta's compliance track record at Brakfontein, Koornfontein, Optimum and Shiva Uranium mines.

Non-compliance in relation to infrastructure and operational equipment included extremely corroded steelwork, poor maintenance of lifting equipment such as tower cranes and a poor state of pressure vessels. As a result of some of the transgressions, the department issued so-called Section 54 instructions.

In terms of Section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, the department can halt mining operations if health and safety is at risk. The department said there was a total of 40 injuries at Tegeta's mines and majority of these were at Optimum.

Shiva Uranium also failed to comply with social and labour plans which were submitted and approved in 2010 and 2016.

The department said it conducted an inspection in January this year and discovered non-compliance with social and labour plans. It said after a subsequent inspection in March this year, the department issued a Section 93 notice. Section 93 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) empowers the department to enforce compliance ordering mines to cease or suspend operations. …

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