Over 1000 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members will attend a memorial service of the NUM member who died in a fatal accident on Saturday afternoon at Arnot Mine in Mpumalanga. He was killed by a rock fall underground.
Mxolisi Hoboyi, NUM Branch Secretary at Arnot Mine said the memorial service will happen on Monday 07 July 2014 in Middelburg Laduma Hall Mpumalanga . The memorial service will start at 10:00.
ARNOT Mine is an EXXARO operation in Mpumalanga .
“As the NUM, we believe that all accidents can be prevented including this one. Fall of rocks has been one of the major killers in the mining industry. We call upon the mining companies to invest more money in protecting the lives of workers than focusing more on profits,” said Erick Gcilitshana, NUM National Health and Safety Secretary.
We call upon the DMR to trigger its investigation to the accident and as the NUM we will participate in the investigation to leave no stone unturned.
It is intolerable that mine workers are denied their basic human right to work in an environment that guarantees their safety, and that instead they are expected to go to work to die.
May his soul rest in peace.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions