JOHANNESBURG, February 15 – The National Union of Mineworkers will on Thursday observe a day of mourning at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof gold mine in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg, in honour of two workers who died last week.
The workers were trapped underground following a fall of ground which was possibly linked to a nearby seismic event.
At a mass meeting on Wednesday, NUM members took a decision to observe a day of mourning, saying that they were worried about the deteriorating levels of safety at Sibanye operations.
“The NUM is disappointed on the trend of incidents and accidents at Sibanye-Stillwater. There was a near miss of disaster where about 1,000 workers were trapped underground as a result of power failure two weeks ago at Beatrix Mine in Welkom,” NUM health and safety chairperson, Peter Bailey said.
“Less than a week again two workers died as a result of fall of rocks at Kloof Mine at Sibanye Stillwater.”
On Monday, another worker died while clearing a blocked ore pass at Sibanye’s Driefontein operations in Carletonville.
The NUM has called its structures in the mines to confront management and employers whenever there are health and safety deviations or substandard working conditions.
Bailey, labour federation Cosatu’s deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe and representatives from the SA Communist Party and African National Congress are expected to address the event.
– African News Agency (ANA)