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Press Statement, 18 January 2017
Mineworker dies at Impala Platinum
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has learnt with shock the death of a mineworker at Impala Platinum number 8 shaft today as a result of rock fall.
This unfortunate incident happened today, on the eve of the highly anticipated release of statistics on the health and safety performance of the mining industry for 2016 by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane tomorrow.
The statistics highlight the performance of the industry in terms of fatalities, injuries and occupational diseases, among others, as well as enforcement measures in place to ensure adherence to provisions contained in the Mine Health and Safety Act.
This is the fourth incident in the platinum belt since the beginning of this year. We call on the Department of Mineral Resources to fully investigate this unfortunate incident.
The NUM will continue to fight so that no mineworkers or workers life is sacrificed for profit.
The NUM passes its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
For more information, Please contact
Erick Gcilitshana: NUM Health and Safety Secretary: 082 809 3105
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
The National Union of Mineworkers
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Cell: 083 809 3257