The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has learnt of a fatal accident at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine on the West Rand. The Union again calls for greater accountability through tougher regulation of mine safety.
AMCU has learnt with dismay of yet another fatality in the mining industry. Unfortunately a worker was killed and two others injured in a scraper winch-related incident on Friday, 21 February 2020 at Kusasalethu Mine, owned by Harmony Gold. The investigation is underway. As far as we know, the number of fatalities for 2020 so far is seven (7). We also reiterate that this is the third worker killed at Harmony Gold operations this year. We do not forget that in 2019 Harmony Gold had 10 fatalities in their operations; 10 breadwinners killed. Are we seeing the beginnings of a bloodbath year, set to smash the “safest year on record”? There can be no “safest year”, not unless a year passes without mineworkers being killed, maimed and made sick. The industry still has blood on its hands! The life of an African worker is still being treated cheaply. AMCU reiterates its former calls for amendments to the Mine Health and Safety Act, the Union has also called on mining bosses to invest more of their profits and dividends in safety systems and infrastructure. Mining houses should face greater accountability through stronger regulation and enforcement by the DMRE.