In less than a week, Sibanye Stillwater Driefontein operations near Carletonville has lost one of its mineworker, after two people were trapped underground when a rock fell on them at the Ikamva 4 Shaft‚ Kloof Operations in Glenharvie last week Wednesday.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has confirmed that a worker was killed at the Driefontein’s No. 1 shaft on Monday while trying to blast an ore pass box that was blocked by huge rocks.
NUM Carletonville regional secretary Mbuyiseli Hibana, has stated the concern happening with the loss of the workers in the Sibanye Stillwater mines.
“The company must be made to account on all of these incidents and those found responsible must be made to take the blame.”
In another incident in January, over 1000 employees were left stranded underground at the Beatrix gold mine in Free State province, when a severe storm caused the collapse of a structure on Eskom’s 132kV line supplying mines in the Welkom area.
The trade Union Nehawu has demanded all Sibanye Stillwater mines to be shut down until the company pays more attention to the issues of health and safety.