Senzeni Zokwana

 

Goldfields denies it left miner's body to rot

Staff Reporter

The body of a miner who was crushed by rocks at the Beatrix gold mine at Welkom two weeks ago has not been exhumed, Gold Fields said on Tuesday. "We temporarily suspended the removal of the rocks last week because it was becoming dangerous for the rescue team," said spokesperson Andrew Davidson.

Thousands down tools over mine safety

Staff Reporter

Thousands of mineworkers took to the streets of central Johannesburg on Tuesday, urging industry bosses to beef up safety in South African mines. This year, there have been more than 200 deaths in the mining industry. Major mining companies said they were badly affected by the one-day strike.

SA mining union plans safety strike

James Macharia

The National Union of Mineworkers plans to ask its members to down tools on December 4 to protest against a spate of deaths in the country's mines, the president of the union said. Senzeni Zokwana unveiled the date of the planned action in a speech at a congress of global miners' unions, which started in Thailand on Thursday, a statement said.

Mine accident a 'wake-up call'

James Macharia, Zahira Kharsany

About 1 250 miners remained trapped more than 2,2km underground in Harmony Gold's Elandsrand mine near Carletonville on Thursday after an all-night rescue mission. The mine's general manager, Stan Bierschenk, said the morale of workers still stuck below ground was "fairly brittle".

Johan Nel a 'young, brainwashed racist'

Staff Reporter

Racism was still a key issue in South Africa, political party representatives said as they addressed a gathering at Saturday's funeral of the murdered Skielik victims. Congress of South African Trade Unions secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said alleged killer, Johan Nel (18) had "no regard for human life".

'Deliberate effort' behind attacks

Staff Reporter

South Africa's security chief on Friday accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government of fanning xenophobic violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre. At least 42 people have been killed and thousands driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks.