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An open pit mine in the town of Prestea, where Oxfam parter organization in Ghana, WACAM has been supporting the Concerned Citizens Association of Prestea in its efforts to negotiate with a mining company around issues related to air and water pollution, and the proposed expansion of mining operations.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday picketed the chamber of mines offices demanding that mining sector observe safety precautions in the country to avoid death of miners.

This comes after 13 miners were trapped underground last week at Sibanye Stillwater and seven passed away while six were rescued.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini told Xinhua that accidents in the mines are caused by the mining sector negligence.

Dlamini called on the mining owners to ensure that it’s safe to work in the mines in the country.

He said, “Mine owners are concerned about maximizing profits at the expense of the safety of the miners. We have come here to say enough is enough; we do not want to see more deaths in the mines. We are calling on the chamber of mines to ensure that the mining sectors observe safety rules.”

Thamsanqa Matosa president of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) told Xinhua that they are sending a strong message to the mining bosses to respect the laws of the country or lose licenses.
Across the mining sector, 33 have lost their lives this year said Matosa.

“We want the mining owners to shift focus from making profits to the safety of the workers,” he said. “We want them to be held responsible for the deaths of the workers by not enforcing safety rules. If much effort was done to prevent deaths we could not be having this loss of lives.”

The picketing was attended by Cosatu and its affiliates unions and the South African Communist Party (SACP). Enditem


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