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NUM members at Sibanye Stillwater's Kloof Mine to observe a "Day of mourning" today

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NUM Press Statement, 15 February  2018

NUM members at Sibanye Stillwater's Kloof Mine to observe a "Day of mourning" today

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members will today observe a day of mourning at Sibanye Stillwater's Kloof Mine mine in Westonaria in honour of the two miners who perished last week.  A decision to observe a "Day of mourning" was taken by the NUM members during a mass meeting last night because they are worried about the ever deteriorating levels of safety at Sibanye Stillwater operations.  The NUM is extremely disappointed with Sibanye Stillwater for refusing to allow its members to have a day of morning and expect our members to go to work as if nothing had happened. The lives of black mineworkers are not respected at all and profits are more important than their lives. The NUM is aware that the company has threatened to take strong action against anyone who will attending the "Day of mourning" today. The NUM is going to fight for its members to the bitter end and no amount of threats, dismissals and legal action will discourage its members. Sibanye Stillwater even refused to provide NUM members with the venue to mourn the two black mineworkers who died last week. Black Mineworkers are on their own even the Department of Resources (DMR) is silent of issues that are affecting them.

The NUM is disappointed on the trend of incidents and accidents at Sibanye Stillwater. There was a near miss of disaster where about 1000 workers were trapped underground as a result of power failure two weeks ago at Beatrix Mine in Welkom.

Less than a week again two workers died as a result of fall of rocks at Kloof Mine at Sibanye Stillwater.

NUM Health and Safety Chairperson comrade Peter Bailey and Cosatu Deputy General Secretary comrade Solly Phetoe, SACP and ANC representatives are expected to address the event.

The details of the event are as follows:

Time: 11 am
Venue: Kloof Mine
Date: 15 February 2017

For more detailed information, please contact:

Peter Bailey: NUM Health and Safety Chairperson: 082 883 7302


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