President mourns mineworker tragedy in Rustenburg.

President mourns mineworker tragedy in Rustenburg. Image: SA News

President mourns mineworker tragedy in Rustenburg

President Cyril Ramaphosa, deeply mourns the tragic loss of life resulting from the incident at Impala Platinum Mine.

President mourns mineworker tragedy in Rustenburg.

President mourns mineworker tragedy in Rustenburg. Image: SA News

In a somber response to the tragic incident at Impala Platinum Mine Shaft 11 in Rustenburg, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of 11 mineworkers and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to their grieving families.

The unfortunate event occurred when a group of miners, en route to the surface, experienced a sudden and rapid descent in their conveyance, resulting in injuries to several others.

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What did the President say?

In an official statement released on Wednesday, the Presidency conveyed the President’s sympathies to the affected families while extending thoughts to the management and staff of Implats.

“The President offers his deep condolences to the families of the deceased mineworkers.

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“The President extends his thoughts to the management and staff of Implats and wishes the injured workers, especially those who are in critical care, a full recovery,” the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

Taking decisive action, President Ramaphosa urged all stakeholders to collaborate with the Chief Inspector of Mines in the upcoming investigation under the Mine Health and Safety Act.

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Emphasising the significance of this inquiry, the Presidency highlighted its role in upholding the industry’s Zero Harm objectives and ensuring the ongoing operational continuity of mines while safeguarding the well-being of mineworkers.

Investigation about the mine incident underway

Meanwhile, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, has undertaken to investigate the incident from the perspective of his department.

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Visiting the mine on Tuesday, Minister Mantashe affirmed a commitment to thorough scrutiny to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the tragic event.