The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will commemorate the Kinross mine disaster on the 20th of September 2014.
On the 16th of September 1986, 177 mineworkers were killed at Kinross Mine in South Africa in one of the South African worst mine disasters. Apart from the 177 mineworkers killed, 235 were injured and 2 400 workers were rescued. After the disaster, the NUM complained about low safety standards in the mines and organized a protest. On 1st October 1986, mine workers staged one of the largest protests in the country. Workers stayed away from work and others held memorial services to mourn those who died in the mine accident.
The commemoration will be hosted at Evander Gold Mine 2 shaft at Evander in Mpumalanga. Evander is a town in the Mpumalanga, 8 km north west of Secunda.
The program will start at 9:30 with laying of wreaths at the cemetery.
NUM General Secretary Frans Baleni , NUM National Health and Safety Chairperson Peter Bailey, Department of Mineral Resources Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza, Cosatu and Alliance leadership will attend the commemoration on Saturday 20th of September 2014.
NUM General Secretary Frans Baleni will deliver a keynote address during the commemoration.
There will be entertainment by Solly Moholo and Emzini Wezintsizwa
Media is invited to attend and report
For more information, please contact:
Erick Gcilitshana:082 809 3105: NUM Health and Safety Secretary
Livhuwani Mammburu: 083 809 3257-Acting NUM National Spokesman
Frans Baleni: 082 375 6443-NUM General Secretary
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions