Saturday, February 08, 2014

Nehawu condemns deaths in the mining sector

Mluleki Mrwebi
08 February 2014

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union has sent its condolences to the families and colleagues of the eight miners that were found dead at the Doornkop Mine, Gauteng.

Nehawu Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the union support the sister union the NUM in its call for the Department of Mineral Resources’ Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the accident, to ascertain what went wrong and hold those responsible accountable for these deaths.

Pamla said the mine bosses should not offer empty rhetoric and public declarations but should come up with tangible steps to stop these unwarranted deaths.

He added that over 70 000 workers have needlessly died in South African mining sector since its inception, including from silicosis and tuberculosis as a results of occupational hazards. Today we still have one of the highest mining death rates in the world. This is unacceptable and unsustainable and we need action now.

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