Deadly start to 2020 for mine workers - AMCU

accreditation
(iStock)
(iStock)

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) says it is saddened by a "tragic start to 2020" as three mine workers died while on duty last week.

According to the union, a locomotive driver was injured in a mud rush at Harmony Gold.

"Reportedly, the worker went to inspect the box chute, which conveys ore into locomotive carriers, and for some reason yet unknown the box opened and overwhelmed him with collected ore, killing him. The AMCU comrade was from Lesotho and he leaves behind a wife and four children."

A few days later, another mine worker had been absent from night shift and was later found dead underground at the Phakisa mine near Odendaalsrus in the Free State.

"We await the conclusion of the investigation," the union said.

A third mine worker died that same week at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Bambanani Shaft near Rustenburg, according to AMCU.

"A rock drill operator was tragically killed in a fall-of-ground incident. He was a Mozambican national.

"Investigations are underway."

AMCU lamented the number of workers who have died at Harmony Gold who, it said, had suffered ten fatalities in 2019.

"The union has been consistently calling for amendments to the Mine Health and Safety Act. But, yet again we see another breadwinner killed," AMCU said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
President Ramaphosa has punted the idea of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for South Africans. This is:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
The right thing to do. We desperately need more South Africans vaccinated to prevent further mutations and restore normality in our lives.
71% - 3876 votes
A risky strategy. Compulsory vaccinations may have unintended consequences and damage our rollout campaign.
29% - 1556 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.15
+0.3%
Rand - Pound
21.59
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
18.35
-0.5%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.51
+0.4%
Rand - Yen
0.14
-0.5%
Gold
1,797.36
+0.7%
Silver
22.91
+0.0%
Palladium
1,759.44
-2.2%
Platinum
949.00
-1.8%
Brent Crude
73.44
+1.0%
Top 40
63,604
+0.0%
All Share
69,988
-0.0%
Resource 10
65,947
+0.6%
Industrial 25
93,485
-0.4%
Financial 15
13,453
-0.1%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE