Harmony mine must take responsibility if trapped miners die - Amcu

2017-08-26 14:28
The Kusasalethu mine. (Supplied)

The Kusasalethu mine. (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Carletonville - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville needs to take full responsibility if the five trapped miners are not found alive. 

Amcu's Gauteng West health and safety chairperson Nathi Mathunjwa said, at the time that the miners went down, the traveling wheel support was not up to the mine's standard. 

"The temp pressure there [underground] was above the 32.5 degrees and it is suppose to be 31 degrees. The employees were not suppose to be allowed to work on that particular place." 

Mathunjwa said they would hold the mine responsible if the miners were not found alive, saying the Mine and Safety Act says it is the duty of the employer to ensure the working area is safe. 

He said the situation at the mine remained the same and that there was still no sign of the trapped miners. 

When asked if they remained hopeful that the miners were still alive, Mathunjwa said: "Yes, but we are not going to say so, because the place is so confined, because we don't know if they are still alive." 

The five miners became trapped behind a rock wall after a tremor, measuring 1.2 on the Richter scale, caused sections of the gold mine to collapse around 10:30 on Friday.

Rock falls hampered rescue operations.

The cause of the tremor has not yet been established. 

Roughly 3 000 miners were working there at the time of the tremor. 

No other injuries were reported. 

harmony spokesperson Marian van der Walt said on Saturday that all parties had a responsibility to ensure safety at the mine.

"We will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident once all the employees have been brought to safety." 

All mining activities has since been suspended, except for the rescue operation.


(Supplied)

Read more on:    amcu  |  johannesburg  |  mining

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.