Mine celebrates health and safety

2015-10-07 06:00
WELLNESS supervisor Lekgotla Gaseemeloe (right) cuts the ribbon at the starting point of the fun-run. He is assisted by general mine manager, Mark Oosthuizen.              
Edward Smit

WELLNESS supervisor Lekgotla Gaseemeloe (right) cuts the ribbon at the starting point of the fun-run. He is assisted by general mine manager, Mark Oosthuizen. Photo: Edward Smit

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THE Assmang Ltd Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine, as part of the African Rainbow Minerals Group (ARM), joined hands with the Department of Health in the Northern Cape and various stakeholders for their annual Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Day on Friday 18 September.

This annual major event on the calendar of the wellness department at the Beeshoek Mine is to reflect back on the health and safety of their employees.

It also aims to promote a culture of wellness amongst employees, their families, as well as the Postmasburg mining community.

General manager Mark Oosthuizen, his management, employees and various stakeholders reflected back on yet another year of mining quality iron ore in a safe working environment, reaching more than three million injury-free man-hours.

The day, with its main focus on safety, also formed part of the national TB screening campaign in the Northern Cape.

According to Sr Magda America, district TB coordinator in the ZF Mgcawu District, TB is a worldwide crisis.

“Since there is a partnership between the Beeshoek Mine and the Department of Health (DoH), we decided to kick off our campaign as part of the SHE Day and to screen the employees of Beeshoek Mine as well.

“Currently we have more than 1 000 people on TB treatment, including people at the Beeshoek Mine,” said America.

“People who are co-infected are more than one third of the total TB cases reported.”

The strong message from America is that TB patients must go for treatment for at least six months to avoid becoming resistant to TB treatment.

The programme started with a fun-run and was filled with various activities, including arm-wrestling, soccer and the tug-of-war between various teams.

Service providers, including Absa, Old Mutual and Standard Bank, assisted employees with financial and investment advice.

Katy Prior and her professional team of Avoir Corporate Health Care, as the new health partner in the mining sector at the mines of Beeshoek, Kolomela, Khumani, Sishen and Black Rock, also introduced their services to the Beeshoek Mine employees at their new offices which had opened on Thursday (01/10) October, at Beeshoek.

The SHE Day ended on a high note with a award ceremony for the winning teams of the day, with engineering manager Leon Venter and wellness supervisor Lekgotla Gaseemeloe.

Gaseemeloe thanked management, employees and all the stakeholders for their participation in the SHE Day

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