miners

Marikana trial finally got underway

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[…]

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Protesting Harmony gold miners resurface

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[…]

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Trapped miners may still be alive

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,[…]

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Summons served on Ramaphosa

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[…]

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GOTG to donate food to ‘starving’ miners

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[…]

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Miners should also be prosecuted: AfriForum

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[…]

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Miners criticise Marikana report’s findings

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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