The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday.
Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote address, Mgojo said adoption of the Khumbul'ekhaya safety and health campaign had provided guidance for the industry going into the future. (also watch attached Creamer Media video.)
The Khumbul'ekhaya campaign launched on Tuesday aims at eliminating all workplace fatalities. An Nguni word for “remember home”, Khumbul’ekhaya recognises that fatalities have the greatest impacts on loved ones, at home.
“I think we’ve put the building blocks in place in terms of how we should look at safety and health into the future. I think also we need to accept that there are new ways you can address the issues by adopting new technologies.