NUM: Death Of Mineworkers Has Become Alarming

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JOHANNESBURG- The South African National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) said the increase in death of mineworkers has become alarming.

Following the death of two miners whom have died at the Harmony Gold’s Joel mine near Theunissen in Free State on Tuesday.

It is believed that the miners are aged 51 and 58 respectively, as the incident happened during a seismically related ground fall.

The fatalities come just over a month after Harmony Gold Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Peter Steenkamp, was working on preventative actions, specifically risk assessment related to fatalities at their operations.

This after Harmony recorded eight fatalities at its operations in the six-month period, ending December 31, 2017.

The unions Peter Bailey said, “Because of irrespective of how many people die in the sector, if you look at the end of the year, the exorbitant bonuses that are paid to CEOs and the executive members, it’s actually shocking. It gives you an indication of the low value that is attached to black human life.”

Furthermore, On Monday the Union urgently called for a serious intervention to take place at all mining industry in South Africa.