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South African minister meets with Sibanye Gold over mining fatalities

SouthAfrican Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane paid a visit to , concernedover the number of fatalities reported at the company's operations this year, Independent Online wrote July 18.

Figuresshowed that the industry has suffered 49 fatalities so far this year, 10 ofwhich happened at Sibanye projects.

SouthAfrica's mining fatalities fell to a record low in 2015 with 77 deaths, and theminister said Sibanye had been the best safety performer in the gold sectorlast year but is now the company with the most fatalities.

"Thisis a serious setback for the sector, which recorded its lowest ever fatalitiesin 2015," Zwane noted.

Separately,Reuters reported July 15 that Zwane called on the country's platinum producersand trade unions to conclude wage talks quickly to avoid a repeat of protracteddisputes that paralyzed the sector in 2014.

Accordingto the report, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union isdemanding a wage increase of more than 50%, while the National Union ofMineworkers is lobbying for a 20% increase.