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Mineworker dies at Impala Platinum today.

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Mineworker dies at Impala Platinum today.

NUM Press Statement, 28 September 2017

 

Mineworker dies at Impala Platinum today.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has learned with shock the death of a mineworker at Impala Platinum number 20 shaft today as a result of rock fall.

 "This takes the mining industry fatalities to about 63 fatalities from January to date.  We call for a debate on Health and Safety by captains of the mining industry, trade unions, and the government is more urgent than before to discuss the rate of fatalities and injuries in mines. Inspectors must conduct unmanned audits in this mine and workers must refuse to work in an unsafe work environment. Our hearts are with the families of the workers who lose their lives under the brutality of rocks in the mines," said Peter Bailey, NUM Health and Safety Chairperson.

As the NUM, we are deeply concerned about these fatalities happening at Impala Platinum. We call upon the company to pull up its socks and improve its health and safety system. NUM members and other mineworkers are extremely worried about health and safety standards at Impala Platinum mine.

We call upon the mining companies to invest more money in protecting the lives of workers than focusing more on profits. Mineworkers cannot be sacrificed for profits.

We call upon the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to trigger its investigation to the cause of this tragic incident and as the NUM, we will participate in the investigation to leave no stone unturned. Those found responsible for negligence must be prosecuted.

The NUM is of the view that one death in the industry is just one death too many...production should not and must not be at the expense of mineworkers' lives.

We call on the DMR inspectorate and Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to hold the industry fully accountable for its failures and adopt a no-nonsense approach when it comes to mine deaths.

The NUM would like to convey its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues, and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Bailey: NUM Health and Safety Chairperson: 082 883 7302
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257

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