The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has sent its condolences to the families of miners, who died in a collision in Limpopo on Sunday.
At least 22 people died and four others were injured during a crash between a Venetia Mine bus and a truck.
It is believed the bus was transporting the mine workers to work.
“The department extends heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes all the injured a speedy recovery. One life lost is one too many. No one deserves to lose their life in such a manner.
“Although the deaths and injuries are as a result of a road accident, the department calls on all stakeholders to work together to ensure that each employee in South Africa’s mining sector returns home unharmed every day,” the DMRE said in a statement.
The department emphasised that the health and safety of miners across the country is of significance.
“The health and safety of mineworkers remain a key priority for government, as we tirelessly work towards achieving Zero Harm in South African mines. After all, it is workers who make the country’s mining sector thrive as a sunrise industry,” the department said. – SAnews.gov.za