13 February 2018

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is mourning the death of another mineworker at one of Sibanye-Stillwater’s operations.  The Union sends it condolences to the family and co-workers of the deceased mineworker.

It is reported that at around 17:30, a mineworker was crushed by a box of gold ore at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane Shaft at its Driefontein Operations outside of Carletonville, Gauteng. According to reports the box fell after blasting caused it to come loose and fall on the deceased.  His lifeless body was only recovered at around 3:00 this morning.

This accident is the third fatality this month after two mineworkers were killed at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof Operations due to a fall of ground, only last week. Another incident happened at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix Operations in the Free State, where more than a thousand workers were trapped due to a power failure.

AMCU remains concerned about the safety standards and contingency plans in place at Sibanye-Stillwater. Of even greater concern, is the lacking communication from Sibanye-Stillwater to stakeholders once incidents take place, leaving AMCU to rely solely on its regional leadership structures to get information.

AMCU sends heartfelt condolences to the family, co-workers and loved ones of the perished worker. Our prayers are with them during this trying time. AMCU shall continue to campaign that the lives of mineworkers are handled with the respect and care required.  We cannot allow workers to be sacrificed due to the narrow profit-driven interests of the mining bosses.

 

For interviews:  President Joseph Mathunjwa (076-346-6402)