Ons onthou en gee om; Siyanakekela futhi siyakhumbula; Rea gopola ebile rea kgathala; Siyakhathalela, siyakhumbula
Gloria Colliery, 24 Feb 1994
At 00:45 on 24 February 1994, an underground fire at Gloria Colliery, Koornfontein, Mpumalanga, resulted in 33 mineworkers being trapped some 180m underground. Seventeen employees who made their way to a refuge bay were rescued; tragically 16 employees died in the incident.
Mponeng, 29 July 1999
It was just before midnight on Thursday, 29 July 1999 that a methane gas explosion claimed the lives of 19 miners at Mponeng, the world’s deepest gold mine. And while we bow our heads in mourning the men’s untimely deaths, our distress is leavened by the knowledge that 20 men were brought to surface safe and sound.
Marikana, 12 - 16 August 2012
Violence triggered by escalating labour unrest at Lonmin’s Marikana mine resulted in the death of 44 people between 12 and 16 August 2012 in what has come to be known as the Marikana tragedy. Of the 44 people who died, 34 were shot by police on 16 August while 10 people, who included security guards, mineworkers and police officers were killed between 12 and 14 August.
St Helena, 31 August 1987
On 31 of August 1987, a methane gas explosion at the St Helena gold mine in Welkom caused a mine elevator to plunge 1.4km to the bottom of the mine shaft, claiming the lives of 62 people. More than 300 miners who were in the shaft at the time of the explosion managed to escape by working their way through tunnels leading to other shafts.
Rovic, 27 November 1996
On 27 November 1996, a mudslide occurred 1000m underground at the Rovic Diamond Mine (between Boshof and Dealsville in the Free State), claiming the lives of 20 people. Another two were badly injured, and 54 had been in serious danger. The bodies of 16 men were never recovered, having been buried under thousands of tons of mud.