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Mine deaths skyrocket

NUM Press Statement, 24 October 2017

Mine deaths skyrocket


The National Union of Mineworkers has noted with anger the ever-increasing fatalities in the mines after the death of mineworker who passed away yesterday at Kopanang Mine in the North West Province on what is reported to be a fall of ground. As we speak, there is a second mineworker still trapped there.

The NUM strongly believes that drastic action is needed to compel the mining industry to comply with safety standards and procedures.

We hope the useless Minister of Mineral Resources (DMR) Mosebenzi Zwane and his inspectors will hold the industry fully accountable for its failures and adopt a no-nonsense approach when it comes to mine deaths.

The NUM would like to convey its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families, colleagues, and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.

For more information, Please contact

Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257


7 Rissik Street.

Cnr Frederick,


Tel: 011 377 2111

Cell: 083 809 3257


Twitter: @Num_Media


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The National Union of Mineworkers was founded in 1982.

Its birth was facilitated by comrades Cyril Ramaphosa who rose to be its first General Secretary, James Motlatsi who turned to be its first President, and Elijah Barayi who became its Vice President and later the President of Cosatu in 1985 when the federation was formed. porn