NUM relieved bodies of mineworkers recovered

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed its relief that the bodies five mine who were trapped underground at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine have been recovered.

“We are taking this opportunity to thank everybody who contributed to the mission of recovering the trapped workers. We understand that this was not an easy operation considering the big rocks, that hindered all the efforts,” says Erick Gcilitshana, NUM health and safety secretary.

He adds that mineworkers need not risk their lives because of production bonuses pressures; however, they must collectively adopt a stance that if the workplace becomes unsafe they stop work until all necessary and safe measures have been put in place.

No amount of words or money could replace those who passed away in the accident. “We are looking forward to the investigation, to find out what exactly triggered the seismic event that led to the loss of lives at Kusasalethu mine,” he says.



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