South32 hosted their first annual Safety and Health in Mining Day on 28 September at their Mamatwan operation in the Northern Cape. The mine initiated a stop for safety day in solidarity with the safety initiative launched by the Minerals Council South Africa.
The event was opened with a prayer ceremony and followed by a moment of silence in honour of all those that have lost their lives industry-wide this year. The event was well attended, with mine managers and Operations Manager Barry Bezuidenhout present to reinforce the importance of safety and health for all mineworkers
“Your life is more important than production. All employees are encouraged to stop any unsafe work, and report any unsafe practices to their safety representatives.” South32 solidified their commitment to safety on the day, by signing a Zero Harm pledge. South32 is committed to zero harm, and ensuring that all employees return home from unharmed, every day.
Unions representatives from AMCU and NUM were present and encouraged their members to commit to working safely for the sake of their loved ones; “You are very important to your family and you made a promise that you will come back home, you didn’t say they will find you at the hospital. We are pledging to zero harm.”
A family day will be held on the 17 November 2018 and all employees and their families are invited to attend the function.