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numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for an infrastructure audit to be conducted on all mines in a bid to prevent underground accidents.  

After they had been trapped underground at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix gold mine in the Free State from Wednesday night after a severe storm cut power supply to the mine’s No. 1 Shaft, all 952 workers were rescued alive on Friday.  Speaking outside the mine on Friday morning, NUM national spokesperson Livhuwani Mmamburu said that the union was deeply worried about the rising number of safety incidents in the country’s mines.  “This is a very worrying situation for us.  As a union, we are calling for an infrastructure audit to be done on all South African mines to determine if they are prepared to handle incidents of power failures.  There is no reason why a mine like Beatrix should not have emergency exits if the cage fails to work.  The fact that generators also failed to kick in is worrying.  That is why we are calling for an infrastructure audit to see why are all these incidents happening,” Mmamburu stated.  He also criticised Sibanye-Stillwater for failing to inform the next of kin of trapped mineworkers about their plight and the efforts to rescue them, saying that the union had had to step in and calm the situation.

  • Read this report by Siphelele Dludla in full at The Citizen
  • See too, Parliamentary committee slams Sibanye-Stillwater’s 'attitude to safety', at News24

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