It is with deep regret to inform you about yet another fatality at E3 Pandora Shaft at Lonmin Platinum Mine in Rusternburg, North-West.

Rock Drill Operator Siphilo Makhende sustained severe injuries on Saturday 2 July after accidentally falling heavily on the ground whilst on duty and was certified dead at a nearby hospital the following day.

This becomes the third fatality this year at the same shaft. We extend our condolences to the Makhende family; may his soul rest in peace. Siphilo Makhende is survived by his Wife Nolubonga and their two children.

The life of a miner remains futile to the employer and our comrades continue to lose their lives under dangerous working conditions, with very little done to change the environment or provide meaningful compensation to the families they leave behind.

Our country has some of the highly rated mining companies in the world, but their focus on profit at the expense of investing in the safety of the workers, who are critical in the generation of revenue leaves much to be desired.

Mining companies deserve to be sued after every fatality that occurs in the mines so they can prioritize the health and safety of their workers.

Issued by AMCU

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