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Open letter to Mike Irish

08 October 2012, 11:48
OPEN  LETTER  TO  MIKE  IRISH
In reply to the allegations you made, and at the same time abuse of my two articles which now adorn your erstwhile empty Profile page I would like to comment here as follows.    

THE MINING INDUSTRY: Yes  I have been working about 36 years in the industry and elsewhere. The mining industry was my bread and butter but never a bandage to blind me from their shortcomings and sins. Irrespective of what you or anybody else may think I always operated within the ambit of the mining law : because as you probably know, that law is open to abuse by very many workers and officials. It is in my interest, yours and every other worker to obey that code of safety conduct and apply it when necessary;. That is what I was doing much of the time when still working on the mines. Due to the nature of my occupation I was usually placed in surface and underground areas where there are safety hazards. As is the case in most mines I have attended mine safety coursed and hence have the ability to identify unsafe conditions and practices.

Mike, I can assure you if a single irregularity stuck its head out I was informed to check it and have something done about it. In fact, working underground, it was a normal procedure.I have now, at this late date never lied to you, News 24 Readers or anyone else about conditions and mine attitude to certain conditions. The abuse of alcohol during working hours and underground in some cases, is not a figment of my imagination.  The boozing was done openly and even by senior officials:  do you really expect the management to take steps against a mine overseer who was caught drinking on the job while they, the judges are just as guilty:  No mike they will cover themselves and their own. That is a fact and I have seen it happen. Same as the gang of officials smoking underground in a Fiery mine.    

If you drive around the Free State gold fields you will see the mines which have closed down or busy closing down. Take a closer look at the huge rubbish heap that has been created over the years. Do you think the mining companies will ever rehabilitate that land?  Make a visit to a defunct coppermine in the Northern cape and see how it looks after 22years.      You, in one of your comments mentioned I should be satisfied with my pension:  besides it having nothing to do with you it would be worthwhile to bear in mind I had deductions every month to pay for that pension.      

The day of the stalking. You correctly identified the area I and my companion were in at that time.. Problem is where you were sitting you could not see around the corner and had you been standing at that corner there is another one further. That morning I felt uncomfortable but saw a Youngster some metres behind me.  You, Mike Irish, knew about the stalking because you mentioned my movements in a comment. Prior to that I knew nothing about it.  When we passed you in the mall, some weeks later: it was noticed you had a limp and your eyes seemed to be bloodshot. I am not inferring anything untoward here.  No Mike I do not hate the industry, the industry hates itself. I have worked there for a long time and  see it as my right to apply criticism where applicable.  Take a look what is happening on the platinum mines there you will see hate
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