UASA Media Release: 1 December 2021
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA is deeply saddened by the tragic incident at Impala Platinum (Implats) mine in Rustenburg over the past weekend when a mud rush – a sudden inflow of mud from an underground opening into the mine – inundated the shaft bottom where miners were working.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the three deceased miners and wish the two miners who were injured and hospitalised a speedy recovery.
UASA is concerned about the increased mining injuries and fatalities in South Africa as they continue to put the lives of miners at risk.
Workers have a right to a safe working environment. Despite this right, more than 60 fatalities and over 1 000 injuries were reported in South African mines in 2020/2021, mainly due to rock fall, machinery, electricity, transportation and mining activities.
UASA has always maintained that one life lost is one too many. Safety and protection of workers is of the utmost importance. UASA strongly encourages other stakeholders and management at Implats and other mines to further improve the safety of underground workers by continuously co-creating solutions to ensure the safety of all.
We believe with the advantage of advanced technology and knowledge about safety operations it is within employers’ power to reduce the number of injuries and prevent the loss of life entirely.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .