The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has repeated their demands for Sibanye-Stillwater to shut down all mine operations until the mine can ensure the safety of their workers.
The requests come after the death of two miners in Kloof in Gauteng yesterday and after close to 1000 mineworkers were trapped underground for more than 24 hours in the Free State at a Sibanye-Stillwater mine.
Yesterday’s accident was reportedly due to seismic activity.
The trade union has also reiterated its demand for a full investigation into both events.
Last week 955 miners were stranded underground after an electric cable outage during a severe storm. After more than a day rescue services were, however, able to save the mineworkers.
The death of the two mineworkers is the second incident at a Sibanye-Stillwater mine this month.
According to Numsa’s national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, the high death rate of mineworkers makes it clear that mine companies do not really value their labour.
“The death toll in the mining industries in South Africa remains shockingly high with at least 81 people killed in 2017 alone.”
Numsa already released a statement last week following the incident that caused more than 900 miners to be trapped.
“Mine workers in South Africa give up their lives to work in a profession which continues to treat them with disdain and disrespect.”
Department of Mineral Resources is yet to issue a statement on the recent incidences.