5 miners die at W Rand mine

2012-07-01 16:12

Johannesburg - Five miners died from asphyxiation on level 39 of the Driefontein Goldfields mine on the West Rand, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said on Sunday.

"The five miners died as a result of smoke inhalation... [while] they were working overtime doing mudloading," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

Early indications were there was no compressed air in the section where they were working, he said. Eleven other miners were hospitalised. Their conditions were not known.

Police could not confirm the deaths and Goldfields could not immediately be reached for comment.

Num general secretary Frans Baleni said: "We strongly condemn the company for sending workers on overtime night shift when there is no ventilation."

Num called on the department of mineral resources to launch an investigation into the alleged safety lapses.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-01 16:39

    Really sad when innocent people who are trying to support a family loose their lives. Pity it wasnt the ANC building!

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-07-01 17:03

      NUM/ANC make a huge noise, yet 20 people can die in a taxi accident and not a word,astonishing to say the least!!!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-01 16:52

    My condolences to family and friends.

  • - 2012-07-01 17:20

    This is totally unbelievable and unacceptable that this type of accident is still happening on our mines. #We boast to the rest of the world of our safety system yet 5 lose their lives due to a, what would seem to be, ventilation problem on a gold mine. May the heads roll.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-07-01 18:49

      Ever seen a taxi drive on SA roads, they have great safety procedures in place don't they!

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