Posted on: May 18, 2009 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

South Africa. Some 3,000 workers boycotted work on Thursday at Modikwa platinum mine to protest over a colleague’s death.

Mining companies have suffered production losses after fatalities due to routine shutdowns ordered by the government for investigations, and work stoppages by union members who have vowed to stop work for a day to mark the death of colleagues.

Monique Swartz, head of investor relations at ARM which jointly manages Modikwa with Angloplat, the world’s top producer of the metal, said the worker collapsed and died in the changing rooms on Wednesday night after completing his shift, and the company was treating the death as a non-mining related fatality.

“We are not treating this as a mine-related accident or fatality, he died of natural causes and we are conducting an autopsy to verify the actual cause,” Swartz said.

“Labour has declared a day of mourning on the operation despite this not being a mine accident.” she said.

The National Union of Mineworkers said the workers’ stay-away would last for a day.

Source: I-Net Bridge