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Emergency Rescue Services have retrieved the last of the four miners’ bodies that were trapped underground, following a rockfall at Tau-Lekwa gold mine, in Orkney, North West, over the weekend.

The men were trapped underground following a seismic, which was recorded as an 0.8 magnitude earth tremor, trapping the four miners.

In an interview, Cosatu expressed their concerns around safety in mines, and said they have committed to launching a campaign that will urge mining companies to adhere to health and safety standards.

“Employers must shoulder responsibility and liability after every workplace injury or death. We further call upon the Minister of Minerals to make bosses of mines accountable especially where it is found that incident/tragedy allegedly happened because of negligence,” the trade union said.

Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane is expected to lead a media briefing today, together with North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo to discuss with the community steps the department intends on taking to mitigate mine fatalities.

The community is hoping to talk to the minister about these kinds of situations, and how the department aims to make sure mining companies adhere to health and safety requirements.

Last year another miner at Tau-Lekwa gold mine lost his life due to earth tremors that occurred at the mine.

 

 

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