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Aurora workers to get disaster relief

2012-03-13 19:40

Johannesburg - Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers would give food parcels to the Aurora mineworkers and their families, Cosatu North West said on Tuesday.

"The handing of food parcels will take place on Wednesday March 14 at 10:00 at shaft number four Pamodzi mines," said Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Solly Phetoe.

He said Gift of the Givers would hand over food, clothing, and shoes to mineworkers.

"Cosatu would once again like to express its gratitude to the Gift of the Givers foundation for their intervention during these trying times in the lives of the workers and their families."

On Monday Aurora mineworkers in the North West were told that the goldmine's owners had ignored a court order to pay them R4.3m.

Nearly 700 miners gathered at the mine, which Aurora took over from liquidated Pamodzi Gold, where the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and Cosatu told them the money they had been awarded by a High Court order had not been paid.

International disaster

Phetoe said the miners and their families were starving.

This was an international disaster, he said. The affected miners were from Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa.

Five miners were known to have committed suicide since the mine stopped operating, he said.

"Children have stopped going to school, women are leaving their husbands, people have nothing to eat."

The mine also continued to be stripped of assets, he said, with an electric cable worth R2.3m disappearing, despite the mine being guarded.

"We believe the directors are still scrapping this mine and the money is going directly into their trust account."

Phetoe said Aurora could still be a productive mine creating hundreds of jobs, but had been "systematically dismantled".

"This is about individual enrichment," he said.

Aurora Empowerment Systems is owned by a company, headed by President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse, and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa Mandela.

Comments
  • Comrade - 2012-03-13 19:52

    B E E ....food aide and disaster relief!!!!.... Way to go!

      Herman - 2012-03-13 19:57

      they all a bunch of c.n.t.s....

      Jaco - 2012-03-13 20:31

      Zondwa and Khulubuse are a shocking disgrace, but then what did we really expect.

      Godfrey - 2012-03-13 20:37

      What is Cosatu doing other then TALK???? No financial assistance, quick to order workers to strick but slow to assist. How about them organizing a protest to highlight the workers situation and the ignoring of a court order.

      Comrade - 2012-03-13 20:39

      B.E.E. ... proudly South African (disaster relief + Food aide + Ruin + Collapse ) ...World FIRST!!! ... another quality product of the cANCer

      Irene - 2012-03-13 20:48

      So closely linked to their high-up family members, proves yet again what scum makes up the ANC.

      bernpm - 2012-03-13 20:49

      ...and the two stars of this show, Zondwa and Khulubuse (from Zuma and Mandela stock) have already moved on to play in the Velvet Air line show. Many people lost their money in cancelled flights and -most likely- never see a single cent back. The two have probably lost the millions they owed the miners. When will Cosatu ask for a warrant of arrest and subsequent proceedings in court?

      Francois - 2012-03-13 20:52

      It is the Zimbabwe model.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 22:29

      bernpm : You make it sound like a real late night, double feature, picture show. In the back row. It's astounding... Darkness takes its toll...I've got to keep control... It's just a jump to the left...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 20:04

    The Gift of the Givers, Thuli, and my Facebook friends are about the only people keeping my hopes for this country alive. How can you even begin to enjoy your own life when the people you should be developing, are suffering so? What do those luxury cars mean? Those fancy parties, that food and drink? What do you think of yourself? Do you have friends? What do they think of you? Product of the ANC.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-03-13 20:05

    While the mini obese zooma & mandela live in luxury, their fellow country men are suffering!

      Helmut - 2012-03-13 20:45

      They did not pay up as ordered by the court? They are in contempt! Frogmarch that fat pig into jail. Make him clean toilets. Maybe that will help get rid of 500 kgs. of useless lard!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-13 20:05

    Way To Go Gift of the Givers. Govt as usual quick to 'distribute' the bounty and do a complete vanishing act once it all falls apart. Thanks again for leaving it to the private sector to pick up the tab - we'll remember this.

  • hilary.mowatt2 - 2012-03-13 20:14

    At what point will Khulubuse and Zondwa, and whoever else is involved, be arrested for this terrible deed ? If they have ignored a court order surely it is contempt of court !

      PB - 2012-03-14 08:55

      To : Cosatu and all the other bleaters insisting that everything needs to be nationalised - THIS IS YOUR OWN CROWN PRINCES DOING THIS. How about actually doing something about it, or is action only limited to toy-toying and throwing trash all around ?!?!?! Why have those clowns who are sitting on top not been arrested yet?

  • francoisvdmerwe - 2012-03-13 20:14

    how do you join gift of givers?

      Jacqui - 2012-03-13 21:18

      See their web site. donate to them here.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-13 21:18

      http://www.giftofthegivers.org/

  • Johnathon - 2012-03-13 20:19

    Nelson Mandela @ Zumas grandsons, have both broken almost every rule of the companies act with regards to their fiduciary duties, established in law, and binding on all SA registered companies, They have sucked out of the Company every possible cent possible. for their own potential gain, and life of unimaginable luxury. Instead of managing the mine to the benefit of its employees, they have dismantled the mine and sold. for their own benefit, cables, pumps, motors, machinery, and any piece of mine property or equipment that had any value at all. The whole Aurora deal was to make these two grandchildren, as rich as possible in the shortest possible length of time. They took over the mine using someone else’s money, with no intention of ever making the mine functional and running. They have even stolen the miners pensions and UIF contributions. Through non payment of salaries owing, many miners have lost everything they own in life. The situation has now generated to such a state of unbearability, that many have now resorted to the ultimate act of desperation, suicide. Well done grandchildren. Instead of rotting in jail which is their due, radio reports have stated that because of their political connections, they have been treated with kid gloves so far. As far as the public are concerned, both of you them can only be described as the biggest scum that ever populated this earth. Nuff said.

      hilary.mowatt2 - 2012-03-13 20:27

      They both deserve Kangaroo court punishment meted out by those from whom they stole. Shame on them. Their ancestors must be hanging their heads in shame.

      PB - 2012-03-14 09:00

      Hilary, It has been proven that NOTHING is going to happen to them from the side of the judiciary or department of minerals etc. so Kangaroo Court is the only hope left to make them pay for this blatant disrespect of human beings. If they were actually to ever see the inside of a jail cell, that fat blob is going to claim 'terminal fatnes' and be released for humitarian reasons......

  • Anthony - 2012-03-13 20:24

    What an amazing aid organisation this GIFT OF THE GIVERS !!!! AND What a bunch of SCUMBAGS the owners are!!!!!!

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-03-13 20:31

    In 1965, when I was a Shift Boss at Vaal Reefs Mine, Orkney - near this Aurora "Blot" - the "Hostel" dwellers got FAR better food than we did in the Mine Single Quarters......they had GOOD sports facilities, and their hospital treatment was superb.

  • madmom1 - 2012-03-13 20:32

    is there any way for people to help these miners, their kids and their wives?

  • Cracker - 2012-03-13 20:33

    Can't understand why Cosatu does not join/support the DA and Solidarity who take the situation of the EX-miners seriously? Politics is a biaatch!!!

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-21 11:23

      Casatu did nothing and will do nothing because they are in bed with their alliance partners the ANC who's son's ran the mine into the ground, not withstanding the help they received from some very rich and famous Indian families who used worker salaries so that they could ride the high life, even spending it on racing horses. Casatu is a double agent and workers should begin to enlighten themselves to the fact that while Casatu takes it's orders from the ANC, anything they say or do will always have a double edge to it. While Vavi gives lip service, acting to be ruler of the workers, the question should be who is his master, as it is clear that Casatu actions is only reactionary damage control sent out to quell workers protests. They take millions of workers contributions without anybody questioning where it is going. Casatu should have been on the Aurora case years ago, the lack of their involvement proves their indirect complicity into the scandal. A scandal that reaches right up to the Presidency himself.

  • Piet - 2012-03-13 20:41

    Why are they still free? Should they not get arrested?

  • bernpm - 2012-03-13 20:48

    ....and the two stars of this show, Zondwa and Khulubuse (from Zuma and Mandela stock) have already moved on to play in the Velvet Air line show. Many people lost their money in cancelled flights and -most likely- never see a single cent back. The two have probably lost the millions they owed the miners. When will Cosatu ask for a warrant of arrest and subsequent proceedings in court?

  • Tony - 2012-03-13 20:54

    where is the taxman on this or they getting there cut before the workers? the world is round and having the two most "saintly men on earth" as forefathers will help you here but you can't take it with you when satan calls you .

  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-03-13 21:16

    I work everyday with these victims of Pamodsi . Many of these people has turned to crime. The implications is much worse than one can explain. Thanks to everyone that helps these people!

  • Johnathon - 2012-03-13 21:22

    COSATU amazingly quite on this one. What possibly could be the reason. Normally they would have crippled the entire mining industry in South Africa, at a cost of at least 500 Billion, if any Capitalist, Imperialist, Colonialist, Apartheid descendant, White Oppressor, Nation mineral Raper Company was involved. Maybe COSATU knows on which side its bread is buttered.

  • Piet - 2012-03-13 21:32

    Destroy! The first word in the la xhosa nostra dictionary!

  • Mboneni - 2012-03-13 23:18

    It is a disgrace for Cosatu for failing this poor and starving workers,if the employer was not black Cosatu would be castigating the employer as uncaring capitalist,but he employer in this case is black and bee-enriched,but the UNION and the law enforcing agencies are simply failing our poor black workers.This is a stark reminder that for the poor there is no reprieve in this democracy.In whatever we are doing or not doing anything the poor children of this fellows are simply starving while their poor parents laboured to ensure that their bosses enjoys super-rich life style.This is simply a sin and is worse more than apartheid

  • TacoDan - 2012-03-14 06:11

    First of all thank you to "Gift of the Givers" for their gifts to the embattled miners. Secondly, the miners should insist on the arrest of the directors for contempt of court as a court order was ignores. If these persons were not so linked to the elite in the government, they would have been arrested within 24 hours after the deadline. Just goes to show how some persons think they are above the law and they should be made examples of.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-14 07:12

    And another BEE success story - ignored the court order; of course because they are untouchable! There you see the mentality of "our" leaders - whilst their staff are starving and committing suicide - they are living the high life; enjoying Johnny Blue, fast cars, and getting fatter and fatter by the minute. One word - DISGUSTING!

      Warwick - 2012-03-14 09:44

      Viva BEE VIVA.

  • Willem - 2012-03-14 07:49

    Nice Pravda , funny no mention that Solidarity has been feeding those miners since the Cadre hit the Fan..

  • Nigel - 2012-03-14 07:50

    Malema is nowhere to be found, the owners of the mine are Black, lying HYPOCRITE

  • Den - 2012-03-14 08:17

    What happens when the 4.3mil runs out? they just just give up and starve to death??

  • Warwick - 2012-03-14 09:36

    Imagine if these mine owners were white. Cosatu it to scared to take on Zuma, Mandela, Hulley and their thugs.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-14 10:16

    Yes yes, all the while the fat cats still enjoy a luxury life. I think that its Time we started a protest against 'consequence free exploitation and self enrichment'. Send the asses to jail, they shouldn't be untouchable just because they are family of current and past presidents.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-21 11:23

    Casatu did nothing and will do nothing because they are in bed with their alliance partners the ANC who's son's ran the mine into the ground, not withstanding the help they received from some very rich and famous Indian families who used worker salaries so that they could ride the high life, even spending it on racing horses. Casatu is a double agent and workers should begin to enlighten themselves to the fact that while Casatu takes it's orders from the ANC, anything they say or do will always have a double edge to it. While Vavi gives lip service, acting to be ruler of the workers, the question should be who is his master, as it is clear that Casatu actions is only reactionary damage control sent out to quell workers protests. They take millions of workers contributions without anybody questioning where it is going. Casatu should have been on the Aurora case years ago, the lack of their involvement proves their indirect complicity into the scandal. A scandal that reaches right up to the Presidency himself.

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