Numsa renews shut down demand after mines killed at Kloof

Prestea gold mine. Pic courtesy of Golden Star Resources

THE National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has renewed calls for the mines of Sibanye-Stillwater to be shut following the deaths of two miners at its Kloof mine, west of Johannesburg, said eNCA, an online publication.

“The death toll in the mining industries in South Africa remains shockingly high with at least 81 people killed in 2017 alone,” said the union’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola. Numsa had earlier called for the shut-down following an incident in which nearly 1,000 miners were caught underground following the collapse of a nearby pylon which cut electricity.

The miners were delivered safety to surface in a demonstration of safety protocol – although unions were unmoved. Sibanye-Stillwater announced earlier this week that the two miners were killed following a fall of ground at the operation.