Life callously thrown away by bosses’ greedy drive for gold

Extracts from two NUM media releases of 29 April 2008

One mineworker died this morning at Goldfields ‘s number 10 shaft in Driefontein after a seismic event. Two are still trapped underground while two have been admitted in hospital.

This coincides with a Safety Summit organized by Anglo American plc in Sandton today in which the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Buyelwa Sonjica, Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carrol and NUM President Senzeni Zokwana addressed over a thousand delegates…

The number of mineworkers who lost their lives at Goldfields today has risen from one to four. Two more lost their lives at Driefontein ‘s number 10 shaft while one died at South Deep. The NUM condemns these senseless and preventable deaths. The deaths come at a time when the companies are organizing a dozen safety summits separately.

The NUM believes action speaks louder than words and thus it is not seminars, summits, conferences, talkshops et cetera that makes a difference. It is action, positive action that would save the lives of mineworkers who continue to perish in the course of duty unabated.

Lesiba Seshoka, Head: Media & Communications, National Union of Mineworkers
Tel: (011) 377 2042, Mobile: 082 803 6719

209 words