17 February 2018


The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is calling for a Mine Safety Summit after another mineworker perished at one of Sibanye-Stillwater’s operations.  The Union sends it condolences to the family and co-workers of the deceased mineworker.

Although details are still sketchy, AMCU has received reports that a worker was electrocuted at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein Operations outside of Carletonville, Gauteng.  According to reports, the worker was an Electrician’s Aide, but other details will only be verified once the in loco inspection has been concluded.

This accident is the fourth fatality this month after a worker was crushed by a box of gold ore at the same operations last week.  Just a week before, two mineworkers were killed at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof Operations due to a fall of ground.  Another incident happened earlier at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix Operations in the Free State, where more than a thousand workers were trapped due to a power failure.

AMCU is calling on the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane, to urgently call a Mine Safety Summit so that this shocking trend can be discussed further.  AMCU has consistently pointed out that there are certain regulatory shortcomings regarding health and safety standards at mines.  AMCU has previously demanded that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) steps up its game in setting regulations and ensuring compliance by the mining houses.

AMCU is also on record that the mining houses in general, and Sibanye-Stillwater in particular, are not directing sufficient financial resources towards addressing precautionary measures to avoid accidents, as well as contingency plans to deal with the resultant fall-out when accidents do occur.  AMCU has coined the phrase of “profit before people” to emphasise the tendency of mining bosses to underspend on key health and safety aspects of the operations, in their narrow pursuit of maximum production and maximum profit.

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.