13 February 2018

Another day, another life. This seems to have become the norm at Sibanye-Stillwater mines. The latest life was lost on 12 February 2018 after a miner was crushed to death by a box of gold ore, bringing Sibanye-Stillwater related deaths to three within a week.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s President, Joseph Mathunjwa decried these senseless deaths as implementation of basic safety standards could help save lives.

“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,” he said in a statement. Shedding more light on the incident surrounding the death, President Mathunjwa said the body was only discovered hours after the miner was killed.

“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,” President Mathunjwa added.

This is the third accident within the month of February alone.

Two miners were killed at Sibanye’s Kloof operations after a Fall of Ground (FOG) accident. Their co-workers were expected to carry on with operations while the trapped miners waited for rescue.

The first accident reported at Sibanye-Stillwater was at the end of January when 950 miners were trapped underground overnight after a power failure. Some of the workers did not have their medication for chronic illnesses.

“AMCU remains concerned about the safety standards and contingency plans in place at Sibanye- Stillwater,” said President Mathunjwa, adding, “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.”

Rest in Peace Comrades, AMCU will fight tooth and nail to make sure that your lives were not in vain.