The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) is very worried about the death of two mineworkers who were trapped underground after a rock fell on them at the Ikamva 4 Shaft‚ Kloof Operations in Glenharvie on Wednesday afternoon.
The death of both workers happens a week after more than 1000 employees were left stranded underground at one of its mines in the Free State when a severe storm caused the collapse of a structure on Eskom’s 132kV line supplying mines in the Welkom area. The miners were later rescued on Friday morning after power supply was restored.
In a statement revealed by Nehawu, they find it unacceptable with the accident that had happened in Beatrix as it did not prompt the company to pay more attention to the issues of health and safety.
The Union has called the legislation to penalize companies who fail to put mechanism in the working environment to prevent the loss of workers. In this regard, they have called Cosatu for a total shutdown of all operations by the Sibanye Stillwater in the country with immediate effect.
The Union would like to send its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the mine workers who have passed away, and they hoping their death will not be in vain and that it will send a strong message to mining companies that the safety and health of workers should be of paramount importance at all times.
Nehawu will be meeting with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) with a view of organizing a march to the Minister of Mineral Resources whom is believed to be a lackey of the Guptas instead of ensuring that the mining companies comply with the safety standards.