Pretoria: Lonmin has committed to provide funding for the education of all the children of employees who lost their lives during the unfortunate tragedy.
“This funding will cover education costs from primary school to university,” the company announced on Friday.
Lonmin Chief Financial Officer, Simon Scott said: “On behalf of the whole Company I would like to express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those employees who have lost their lives, not only in the events of Thursday but also in the days leading up to it, and of course to the families and colleagues of the two South African Police Service officers who died trying to protect others.
“I would like to thank all those Lonmin staff, whether they have been able to get to work or not, for their dedication and efforts.
“We are committed to supporting all the families that lost loved ones during this tragic week. We have established a Help Desk at Lonmin’s Andrew Saffy Hospital which will help families with the identification of bodies, assist with all the burial arrangements and offer bereavement counseling.”
He said Lonmin has for many years worked tirelessly to achieve effective and open labour relations. “We engage with all the unions our employees choose to belong to and whilst, like all companies, we have had disagreements, we have generally operated in partnership with the unions to the benefit of the Company and the employees, which is why the illegal strike we’ve seen is so disappointing and damaging.
Scott said while a stable mining sector is vital to the economic future of the country, if the industry continues to be damaged by illegal actions mine workers, their families and dependents will suffer as well.
“We need our employees to come back to work and we need to get mining again,” he said.