“It is encouraging to note that there has been an improvement in terms of the health and safety of mine workers,” she told the Chamber of Mines of SA annual general meeting in Johannesburg.
“However, it is of great concern that workers still continue to lose their lives.”
It was regrettable that six workers died at Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme last week as a result of an accident, she said.
“Also, the safety of women still requires serious attention in the mining sector, as a female worker was recently allegedly murdered underground at a platinum mine.”
She appealed to the platinum sector to ensure female workers’ safety.
Shabangu said the industry would not move forward without appropriate skills development programmes.
Black managers were moving up the ladder but mostly through better remuneration.
“There is a gap in quality input and the nurturing of these managers. We need to find a balance or else we will end up with future black managers who aren’t able to do the job properly.”