The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has on Wednesday, learnt with shock the death of a mineworker at Impala Platinum’s old number 8 shaft in the Bushveld Complex near Rustenburg as a result of rock fall.
This incident happened on the eve of the highly-anticipated release of statistics on the health and safety performance of the mining industry for 2016 by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Thursday.
The statistics highlight the performance of the industry in terms of fatalities, injuries and occupational diseases, among others, as well as enforcement measures in place to ensure adherence to provisions contained in the Mine Health and Safety Act.
“This is the fourth incident in the platinum belt since the beginning of this year. We call on the department of mineral resources to fully investigate this unfortunate incident,” the NUM said in a statement.
“The NUM will continue to fight so that no mineworkers or workers life is sacrificed for profit.”
The NUM passed its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
– African News Agency