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S. Africa announces mine conditions under control

(Xinhua)

13:27, September 04, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The South African government remains in control of the situation in the mining industry and law and order continues to prevail despite the recent deaths of 44 miners, a panel of five government ministers announced here on Monday.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Marikana tragedy, where 44 miners died during a strike for better wages last month, told the foreign correspondents association media briefing in Johannesburg that the deaths of the miners have not affected the country's ability to attract investors.

"We would like to reassure all stakeholders and the international community that mining operations continue unhindered in other parts of the North West province and throughout the country," said Collins Chabane, minister in the Presidency.

Chabane said the government is doing its best to make sure the Marikana incident does not happen again, calling on the mining companies and workers' union to do the best they can in ensuring that the needs of the workers are met.

"More work needs to be done in the area of social investment in mining communities and in the improvement of living conditions of the mineworkers to mitigate against the unfavorable material conditions that give rise to tragedies such as Marikana," he said.

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