JOHANNESBURG- On Monday The South African National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) has revealed it’s concern over the death of mineworkers where a worker had died on Friday at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Khuseleka operation in Rustenburg.
With the very similar incident, on Thursday 79 workers were trapped underground at Sibanye kloof Thuthukani Shaft in Westonaria, and rescued five hours later, resulting in car material that fell into the shaft and led to workers being trapped.
The Unions health and safety chairperson Peter Balley has revealed that, “since the beginning of the year, 16 mineworkers have died in the mining industry and five fatalities happened at Sibanye Stillwater”.
With the concerns raised, the situation of workers dying within the industry is becoming a norm. The Union is urgently calling for a serious intervention to take place at the Sibanye Stillwater operations in South Africa.
Earlier this year, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), made demands that the All Sibanye Stillwater mines to be shut down till the company pays more attention to the issues of safety.