Lonmin worker dies in Marikana accident
JOHANNESBURG – Lonmin Plc, in a media briefing, announced the death of an employee, Silver S Cossa, following injuries sustained in a vehicle accident at Hossy shaft in its Bushveld complex on Tuesday morning.
A full investigation is underway.
Lonmin CEO, Ben Magara, said: “I am sure everyone at Lonmin shares my distress at the loss of a colleague under such circumstances: a life cut tragically short and a family left to grieve.
“We are in the process of examining the scene to determine the cause of the accident and we are working with unions and the Department of Mineral Resources to get to the bottom of exactly what led to this incident.”
Magara said it’s been more than eighteen months since the last fatality, and Lonmin had passed ten million underground fatality free shifts at Marikana. He said the group continues to aim for zero fatalities.
Magara extended his condolences, and that of the group, to the family, colleagues and friends of the employee.
Lonmin’s Marikana mine has been the site of major controversy over the past few years following union protests by workers demanding higher wages which culminated in police action resulting in the death of many miners on August 16, 2012.