Workplace Health and Safety

Workers On Wednesday 1 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

South Africa is still plagued by an unusually high number of deaths, accidents and work-related illnesses. Mine, farm, construction and chemical work is very hazardous and horrific deadly accidents occur regularly, with many not being reported in the media. The mining industry is one that has a particularly high mortality rate, of those miners still toiling underground and those dying slow and painful deaths from occupational respiratory diseases years after their retrenchment or retirement.

Why is it that we have good protective legislation around health and safety in the workplace, yet we have so many problems with workers risking their lives daily just to earn a living?


  • Bulelwa Huna, Senior Specialist, Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene, Department of Labour
  • Bomeshia Retief, Case worker, Industrial Health Resource Group
  • Paul Bester, Cosatu Western Cape educator and organiser

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