NUM decries Limpopo mine death

A man was killed during a rockfall at the Samancor Eastern chrome mine in Limpopo on Friday night.
A man was killed during a rockfall at the Samancor Eastern chrome mine in Limpopo on Friday night.
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A Lesotho national was killed in a rockfall at the Samancor Eastern chrome mine in Limpopo on Friday night, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.

In a statement, the union said that the accident occurred at the Tweefontein Shaft.

"We believe that all accidents can be prevented. Falling rocks have been a major killer in the mining industry. We call upon the mining companies to invest more money in protecting the lives of workers [as opposed to] focusing more on profits," NUM’s Phillip Mankge said.

"We call on the mining industry to take serious reflection about these fatalities. Government should investigate possible safe international standards and it should benchmark with other mining industries around the world," he added.

He said that the union was of the view that miners were forced to work in environments that were unsafe and that it was tantamount to an infringement on their human rights.

They said they were willing to participate in any investigation into the death.


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