THIRD LILY MINE COMMEMORATION
Third Lily Mine Commemoration
Three years ago, on 5 February 2016 the collapse at the entrance at Lily Mine caused a container office with three workers inside to plunge 60 meters underground.
On 5 February 2019, the third Lily Mine commemoration was marred with mixed emotions as the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) members gathered at the mine to commemorate the lives of Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyirende.
AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa addressed the attendees comprising of AMCU members, the families of the trio, executives of SSC Group and members from the Department of Mineral Resources, calling on relevant stakeholders to take action in bringing closure to the Nkambule, Mnisi and Nyirende families to truly commemorate and honour their memories.
“We must bring dignity to the memories of these fallen comrades, this is a must! Comrades Pretty, Solomon and Yvonne are still buried in there and there is nothing dignified about this situation. We will never stop making noise about this tragic Lily Mine disaster,” declared President Joseph Mathunjwa.
6th Marikana Commemoration
Wonderkop Koppie in Marikana – North West, has become a reference of the struggle for a R12 500 basic salary.
Six years ago, on 16 August 2012 the South African Police Service opened fire on Lonmin Platinum mineworkers who were striking for the R12 500 basic salary. This fateful day forever became entrenched in South African history and came to be known as the Marikana Massacre.
This event has formed the cornerstone of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU) notion that 16 August should be declared Worker’s Day. It was the lives of South African mineworkers that perished in the Marikana Massacre and that can never be erased from the history books.
It was (AMCU) regalia that dominated the commemoration event held in Marikana on 16 August 2018, where the slain mineworkers were celebrated and remembered for their selfless sacrifice. . AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa along with members of AMCU’s leadership comprising of General Secretary Jeff Mphahlele, National Treasurer Jimmy Gama were joined by the widows and families of the fallen comrades at the commemoration event.