Phalaborwa Mining Company has confirmed that six miners who were trapped underground after a fire broke underground on Sunday have died.
The mine has released a statement that all six miners have been accounted for and they are trying to reach out to the families of the deceased.
PMC spokesperson Lydia Radebe says officials from DMR managed to rescue about 84 mine workers who were on duty when the incident occurred.
We are in touch with the families of the colleagues and we sent our deepest condolences to the families.— Lydia Radebe, PMC spokesperson
The names of the deceased have not yet been released, says Radebe.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Health and Safety Chairperson Duncan Luvuno says they are calling for the review of the Mine Health and Safety Act because it is evident that workers are exposed to dangerous conditions.
He says employees are forced to work in unsafe conditions by their supervisors and team leaders.
In the Mine Health and Safety Act there is a provision that states that if an employee feels unsafe they should not take instructions to work in an unsafe environment.— Duncan Luvuno, NUM Health and Safety Chairperson
If someone dies in the mine, someone should be prosecuted or it must be made expensive...— Duncan Luvuno, NUM Health and Safety Chairperson
The mines know that if there is an incident they will only issue a Section 54 notice which only halts operations for a little while .... it cannot be business as usual.— Duncan Luvuno, NUM Health and Safety Chairperson
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