28 Nov

UASA Media Release: 28 November 2023

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

UASA conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones and colleagues of the eleven (11) deceased miners at Impala Platinum mine’s 11 Shaft in Rustenburg following a hoist accident late yesterday afternoon.

The tragic incident is deeply saddening and a huge loss to the mining industry. We wish the remaining 75 employees who were injured but survived the unfortunate accident, a speedy recovery. According to Impala Platinum, the accident occurred after a personnel hoisting conveyance bringing miners to the surface at the end of their shift, fell. It was stopped by the conveyance counterweight being trapped by the jack catches. An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

Considering that safety remains threatened, UASA is deeply concerned about the well-being and livelihoods of all workers in the mining industry.

Mining-related deaths continue to be a devastating reality to the many families living with the pain of losing loved ones.

Implats CEO Nico Muller said yesterday was the darkest day in the history of Implats. “Our hearts are heavy for the lives lost and the individuals affected by this devastating accident. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our colleagues,” he said.

UASA fully supports Impala Platinum and its workers during this challenging time.  We remain committed to the zero-harm safety initiative in the mining sector and the sentiment that one injury or death is one too many.

We encourage the mining houses, the Mine Health and Safety Council, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), stakeholders and policymakers to prioritise the safety of all workers until the zero-harm lifetime goal to eliminate fatalities and injuries in the industry is achieved.

As a member-driven organisation, ‘our members and all workers’ safety is always a priority.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.

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