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kusasalethuSABC News reports that families of the five mineworkers who died recently at the Kusasalethu mine want answers from Harmony Gold management.  The miners were trapped following a seismic event which caused a rock fall. 

Their bodies were subsequently recovered.  A memorial service for the five was held on Monday at the Kusasalethu Sports Stadium.  James Setlhafuno, whose brother was among the dead, spoke on behalf of all five families:  "As the families we have questions that need answers.  We asking ourselves that where these men were working why was there no escape route, that when there's an incident like this they would have been able to escape through this escape route."  On Sunday, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources said the use of technology to detect seismic activity should be explored in order to save mineworkers' lives.

  • A short report by Ditaba Tsotetsi is at SABC News
  • Read too, Dead miners’ families searching for answers, on page 2 of Sowetan of 5 September 2017
  • And also, Harmony Gold promises speedy probe into Kusasalethu mine tragedy, at EWN

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