On 16 August, 2012, a week of bloody clashes at the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West’s Marikana ended with police opening fire on a crowd of striking workers and killing 34 of them. The most lethal use of state force in post-apartheid South Africa’s history, the Marikana massacre[…]
South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) President, Joseph Mathunjwa says to date no one has taken responsibility for the massacre of the mineworkers. He added that the mining company Lonmin has failed to improve the lives of the mining community as they had promised. “How many houses[…]
By Tauhierah Salie Today marks the day that 34 miners of the Lonmin Platinum mine were gunned down in the Marikana area, by police during a strike for higher pay, six years ago. The Ex Mine Workers Union, under the banner of unpaid benefits Campaign and in solidarity with the[…]
Harmony Gold has confirmed that more than a thousand miners who had been staging a sit in at the Kusasalethu mine near Carltonville, west of Johannesburg, have returned to the surface. The miners refused to surface after their shift on Wednesday following a disagreement over money. Harmony Gold says following[…]
Mine rescue services say there is renewed hope that the three mine workers trapped at a gold mine in Mpumalanga since Friday, may still be alive. They say a locator device has detected a response, suggesting possible signs of life. The container is buried under some heavy rubble. So far,[…]
At least 90 people have died in a huge landslide in a remote jade mining area of northern Myanmar, said officials. Rescuers are still battling to dig through the mountains of loose rubble at the site in Hpakant on Sunday, as search teams continued to find bodies in one of[…]
Miners arrested and injured at Marikana want Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to apologise and compensate all those who were affected, their lawyer said on Thursday. Lawyer Andries Nkome confirmed to News24 that a summons was served on Ramaphosa at the end of October. “The summons was served two weeks ago[…]
Destitute miners in Kroondal are so hungry that they have resorted to eating cats, rats and wild vegetables to survive. This has prompted urgent intervention by Gift of the Givers which will make food donations on Thursday. Imtiaz Sooliman, founder, director and chair of Gift of the Givers, said in[…]
The miners who killed two SA police service members and two Lonmin security guards should also be prosecuted, AfriForum said on Monday. “The mine workers who launched the attacks and committed the murders should be prosecuted,” AfriForum’s head of community safety, Ian Cameron said. Cameron said their stories needed to[…]
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry report’s was criticised at a meeting in Wonderkop, Marikana near Rustenburg on Sunday for certain findings it made against Amcu. “Amcu was not existing in Lonmin in 2012. We did not even know Joseph Mathunjwa [the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president],” mineworker Lindani[…]
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