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COSATU demands the total shutdown of Sibanye Stillwater operations following the death of two mine workers at Kloof Mine
The Congress of South African Trade Unions is concerned by the poor safety record of Sibanye Stillwater mining company. This follows the death of two workers that were trapped underground at Kloof mine due to an underground rockfall. This happens barely a week after more than 1100 workers were trapped underground for more than twenty hours at another Sibanye Stillwater Mining operation in Beatrix, Free State.
Sibanye Stillwater is being allowed by both the Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of Labour to maim and kill workers with impunity. The fact that this company has such a terrible safety record and both of these departments have done nothing is scandalous.
There is an ongoing blatant collusion between mining companies and our government against the workers. The scheming and rapacious mining bosses are in Cape Town attending a Mining Indaba , where they talking about profit maximization in the sector and they are saying nothing about improving the safety of the workers. To most of these companies , the Lily Mine Tragedy never happened.
COSATU demands the temporary closure of all Sibanye Stillwater operations until the safety of the workers can be guaranteed. Workers are dying like flies and the ineffectual government is sitting on its hands. The department of Labour needs to account for its failure to monitor and deal with the poor safety record of Sibanye Stillwater. We demand action from both these government departments as soon as possible to avert any further fatalities.
COSATU will be meeting with the NUM to plot a way forward in dealing with this blatant failure by these mining companies to deal implement adequate health and safety protective measures at the work places.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
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