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The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) welcomes the announcement made by the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to compensate the families of the three mineworkers trapped in a container some 80m underground at Vantage Goldfields Lily mining mine in Barberton that they will each receive R200 000 and the surviving miners R50 000.
Mosebenzi is quoted in the media saying "we will compensate the surviving miners R50 000, and the families of the three will receive R200 000 each."
It is a good initiative by the company and DMR but the money is not enough to compensate the families and miners for the pain and suffering they are currently going through.
"We feel as the NUM that financial compensation must not only be implemented at Vantage Goldfields Lily Mine because injuries and fatalities are happening in the mining industry as a whole. This must not be a once-off initiative at Vantage Goldfields Lily Mine.," said Erick Gcilitshana, NUM Health and Safety Secretary.
The NUM is further calling on all mining companies and DMR to compensate all mineworkers and their families who are getting injured and dying underground in the mining industry.
The NUM is deeply worried of a high number of mineworkers who are trapped, injured and dying underground. Two weeks back, two mineworkers who were trapped underground at Cook 1 died and another one at Cook 3. Cook 1 and 3 are owned by Sibanye Gold. Last month they were four fatalities at Impala Platinum mine in Rustenburg and in December 2015, there were two fatalities at the same mine.
We are also calling for financial compensation for those who died at Impala Platinum and Cook 1 and 3.
For more information, Please contact
Erick Gcilitshana: NUM Health and Safety Secretary:082 809 3105Livhuwani Mammburu: Acting NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
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