JOHANNESBURG, March 1 (ANA) – Two mine workers died on Wednesday after they were crushed by a machine at the Matla mine in Mpumalanga, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said.
“Cosatu is enraged and shocked by the news of the death of two mine workers in a mine accident at Matla Mine. These workers were crushed by an EMCO, one of the machines that is operated in the mine. The federation sends condolences to the families, friends and fellow workers of the two workers,” said Cosatu.
The trade union federation said the number of mine workers fatalities now stood at 18, compared to 13 at the same period last year.
“The South African mining industry has an appalling average of 440 work-related deaths per year reported between 2012 and 2016. This is totally unacceptable and this is one of the highest in the industrialised world.
“It is tragic that 18 breadwinners have tragically lost their lives in the course of earning a living for themselves and their families. Cosatu demands that the issue of mine fatalities be elevated to the level of the tragedy in Marikana, considering the number of people who are dying each year. We need an urgent response from government and the level of accountability should improve if we are to see real change.”
Matla coal mine is owned by Exxaro and situated near Kriel in Mpumalanga.
– African News Agency (ANA)