Lonmin to fund children of dead workers

2012-08-17 22:27

Johannesburg - Lonmin will fund the education of children whose parents died in the Marikana mine in North West, the company announced on Friday.

Lonmin CFO Simon Scott said the company had established a help desk at the Andrew Saffy Hospital to help with identification of bodies and burial arrangements.

"In addition to the help desk services Lonmin commits to provide funding for the education of all the children of employees who lost their lives.

"This funding will cover education costs from primary school to university," said Scott in a statement.

"On behalf of the whole company I would like to express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those employees who have lost their lives, not only in the events of Thursday but also in the days leading up to it," said Scott.

Earlier, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega told reporters that the shooting that erupted on Thursday left 34 people dead and at least 78 injured.

Phiyega said the protesters stormed towards the police, firing shots, and "police had to protect themselves".

Another 10 people, including police officers and security guards, had by that time been killed in violent protests the past week.

A total of 259 people were arrested and six firearms recovered.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over recognition agreements at the mine. Workers also wanted higher wages.

Meanwhil,e Shanduka Group said it was deeply shocked by the tragedy at the world's third biggest platinum producer.

"In the wake of this national tragedy, it is critical that all parties take meaningful steps to ensure that nothing of this nature ever happens again," the group said.

Business Unity SA (Busa) also added its voice on the condolences:

"It is extremely regrettable that apparent failures on the labour relations front and security concerns have escalated into violence and have resulted in this tragic loss of human life."

  • Teuneman - 2012-08-17 22:39

    Very good resolution. Send an update on what they made of themselves when they turn 25. It will most certainly be an interesting result.

      kayley.segal - 2012-08-17 23:15

      And what about the children, and wives, of the dead police?? Any crumbs for their table?? Or do we only look after the perps?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-18 07:20

      Eischhh, I now have 24 kids and looking after 34 other homless kids. This is heading to something like a gov grant for pregnant girls.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-18 07:23

      OH and by the way, do we have an education system is sa, or is this just pie in the sky

      Teuneman - 2012-08-18 07:35

      Yeah they don't work for lonmin. Its not fair. Its also not fair that I got scammed out of R5000 on my first holiday in 6 years. Anyway, maybe zuma can set up a mirikana police victim children education trust fund.

  • Swapie - 2012-08-17 22:48

    Guilty conscious.

      jdigwamaje - 2012-08-18 02:37

      Does it really matter? At least they are doing something...

  • elvis.nkoana - 2012-08-17 22:51

    It's a step in the right direction although it represents a drop in the ocean. Also, education is an important tool for upward social mobility. However, there are fundamental issues of a class struggle in SA and the working class is turned against each other (i.e. police fighting miners and vice versa).

      mario.polanski.3 - 2012-08-18 20:14

      I am completely personally enraged at the brutal, inhumane manner that innocent, peace loving miners on an illegal wildcat strike, were callously shot down. The country needs a monument erected to this tragic event, so it can be recorded in history, and reverently remembered by all.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-17 23:05

    Does the offer include the deceased police members children?

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-08-17 23:32

      Good question my dear, does it mean that that cops are less human???

      sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-08-18 01:42

      No. The deceased police were not Lonmin Mine employees. SAPS must do the same for them.

  • phillip.cwazibe - 2012-08-17 23:38

    Someone or some pople orginised the strike. Where are the Union Leaders? Where is the "Inyanga-Sangoma"? Kubuhlungu.

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-08-18 01:30

    I wonder what would they have lost if they had paid for th education of employees' children when everyone was still alive. Now they are proving that they do have the money to help their employees, they just didn't feel like it.

      motlagoilwe.dintoe - 2012-08-18 04:30

      Sello, you idiot, can't you tell that as compared to the salaries of those dead people, paying for children's education is a drop in the ocean. Lonmin is just doing it as part of their social responsibility, if you know what that mean anyway. Actually they could have just looked the other way and pretended it was none of their problem. Furthermore, learn that these employees were involved in an illegal and violent strike. OK Sello, OK my boy.

  • jasmine.comment - 2012-08-18 03:02

    I would like to leave acomment. i have been reading peoples comments every day for last week. I live in Mooinooi next to Marikana and my entire family works on Lonmin. These workers do earn very low wages and should be compensated for their hard work, And they DO WORK VERY HARD. But i do agree that they did not go about the strike very intellegently. This strike in my opinion is the fault of the unions. This is not the first time a strike like this has happened. It started earlier this year and the workers protested at 3 different mines for a salary increase and all of them got what they wanted. The mine can not operate without these specific workers so they are left no choice but to pay them. One of the mines closed done after giving there rdo's increase, because they simply did not have the funds to pay them and hundreds of people lost there jobs. These strike are directly linked to AMCU and they can deny it all they want. They are the ones who punp up these people to asked for a 100% increase on their salaries so they can win members. YouAMCU knows the mines can't produce platinum without the RDO's and they misuse this information and manipulate the workers. The problem with this specific strike is that the workers did not go to Lonmin's management with an official letter asking them for an increae, they emmediately pitshed up with weapons. They are extremely dangerous and Lonmin's management will not address them they are armed. This was the first mistake they made.

      motlagoilwe.dintoe - 2012-08-18 04:22

      Jasmine, I do not know what you mean by others got what they wanted at other mines. I know of nobody who got more increase than what was first bargained for, less than 10 percent. Instead,thousands of illegal strikers were fired at Impala Platinum and hired again under new, strict terms of employment after government intervened. Mines cannot function without RDOs for now in SA but be warned that this might change soon as there is advanced technology that can be used instead. You only need qualified operators to mine using this technology and soon many of these RDOs will be begging on the streets if they are not careful.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-08-18 07:11

      If you have a look at Lonmins Profits for 2011 they operated at a profit of $144.000.000, I find it hard to believe that they did not have the funds to offer these workers a decent increase and offer a livable wage. Yes the striking and violence is not the correct method of getting the point across and the killing of the police is inexcusable, but if Lonmin didn't approach mining the same way the colonial powers a century ago did this whole situation could have been avoided.

  • jasmine.comment - 2012-08-18 03:08

    You see I believe this is AMCu's fault because there are wage negotiations every year. Each year the wage increase negotiations start in September. These workers already signed for a 10% increase for the next 3 year (This is the highest increase for employees on Lonmin). But someone made them believe they can get 100% increase. Lonmin would not have had a problem to negotiate with these people if they had cam to them in a peaceful civilized manner. That being said, these workers aren't highly educated and have difficulty understanding certain situations. Like the one on Thursday. I know what they did was wrong, but I do feel bad that they had to lose their lives, becuase they were manipulated into believing they are in control of the situation. These workers, never ever strike without their union. But NUM would not have allowed this since they were the ones who negotiated the 10% increase for the next three years in 2011. So who is left to blame?

      justin.andrews.522 - 2012-08-18 04:39

      the workers for taking up arms are to blame in the end for the killings. In a strike, you do not brandish weapons. it isnt a violent time, it is simply where one refuses to work. Every worker who took up a weapon in this strike deserves to be fired. The ones who got shot deserved it as they were running at the police intending to hurt or kill the police. The unions can entice the workers to strike all they want, but it is the workers choice if the strike is violent or not. They got what they deserved.

  • Jason Scott Johnson - 2012-08-18 05:04

    everyone is making out that this is the cops fault.we complain when they dont do anything and complain when they do something.put yourself in their shoes.if a group of striking people come towards you with weapons of all types,what would you do?now all sorts of investigations are needed because SAP did their job guys it is sad and tragic but it apartheid is being blamed,what rubbish.i am sure just the white cops bullets killed.all the striking workers should be fired and people employed that want to work.if you want to blame anyone,blame the UNIONS involved

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-18 05:55

    It's good when you look at it from the children's welfare perspective. The downside is that this might encourage more of the miners to strike knowing that their kids will be looked after.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-18 11:23

      Yes, this could set new presedents for the future

  • simon.mwando - 2012-08-18 06:10

    Nice one boss coz u knw its nt expnsive @ all.I bet my ass!onl 0,5% wil reach tertiary education.most o them ar already mothers @ 15 and the boys ar boozing in smokoros!

  • tebo.w.ganyani - 2012-08-18 07:44

    cant allow to bulls 2b in 1 kraal.the mine should have never allowed amcu n num to be @ 1 mine. Thats politics. Many mines i worked @ is either its amcu mine or num.

  • marcdefl - 2012-08-18 07:46

    Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU)must be charged with murder for all those who lost their lives. Legitamate union agreements were in place.

  • thembile.v.dunjana - 2012-08-18 07:51

    it's amazing how we first have to wait for bad things to happen before good things. okay the children of the dead mineworkers are going to be funded for their studies. is it fair to the parents/mineworkers who are stil alive, who want the best education for their children but cannot afford it due to low pay rates? or do they have do die before that can happen as wel?

  • markhams.hudivhannyimudanamafhungo - 2012-08-18 07:54

    They must fund the children off mine workers nt only after death bt even when the mine workers are stil alive.....4000 cn nt support a family and pay skul funds

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-08-18 07:59

      Have you been to 'skul'? It is school - not skul, and all the other spelling. Don't be lazy

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-18 11:25

      Pirates suporter i guess

  • moagima - 2012-08-18 07:57

    This is a PR stunt.

  • denzil.bignoux - 2012-08-18 08:14

    It will be interesting to see what the Union responsible for these deaths does for the families of its members they lead to slaughter ? As for the Saps they do not even take care of members injured for life on duty. Capt Errol Tustin is a good example he was shot in the throat by a criminal in 2000 and was long forgotten by the Saps. The man has the most unbearable pain and suffering bed ridden for life Look on face book and read his suffering

  • Buti Mokoena Wale SwaiSwai - 2012-08-18 08:52

    guys f**ck Lonmin hw are they gna fund children while they failed nd killed their fathers its amazing hw they are toying wt our feelings abwt this

  • wendy.roux1 - 2012-08-18 08:54

    What about the children of the police who were killed doing their jobs?

      ayanda.ntaka - 2012-08-18 09:21

      Thats gud qtion.

  • luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-08-18 09:20

    People seem to think that SAPS was there to disperse people who were only there to protest wage increases. There are two problems here. The first is the wage increase and the second one which got the SAPS is the turf war between NUM and UCM follow the trail and look at earlier articles. They spell it out to anyone that can read "Inter-union conflict". Now when two rival factions start hacking each other you have to get the police involved and when they also hack the police , the police have no choice but to protect themselves. Its not the first strike at a mine and the police killed no one at all previous strikes. This time the situation was very dangerous for them. The culprits are NUM and UCM who failed to clear their disputes at the negotioation table instead of apologising they hide the fact that they were already killing each other when police got involved. They only say we were protesting and police just shoot at US. The UCM leader even left his members there and came back when the dust had settled and now he says when he heard that people died he just wanted to turn back and die with them

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-08-18 09:43

      He forgot to mention that he left thm with ILLEGAL GUNS IN HANDS. These politicians are dining toghether, and you'll continue killing each other.

  • gladstone.dyonase - 2012-08-18 09:34

    Now in this government we faught for, people have to die for their children to get free education and wage increase. That shows us the way for our houses, roads, water and sanitation, in the rurals and informal settlements.

  • daan.desimaal.1 - 2012-08-18 09:56

    This is crap. They killed and destroy and yet they will be posthumous rewarded!

  • mokgadi.deborah - 2012-08-18 10:42

    This is a publicity stunt. They could not pay them decent salaries when they were still alive.

  • michael.maluleke.14 - 2012-08-18 11:14

    What! 1. Why you didn't take that money to pay those workers? 2. What about those who don't have children and how long will you pay their families? 3. From primary to university what about those who will not qualify for varsity entrence? I smell the rat from this , you organise police to kill you workers that mine need to be closed with immediatly effect.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-18 18:37

    Are they going to provide food and clothing and homes for these people as well, Educating them with out the basic necessaries will not even see them through school or university.

      denzil.bignoux - 2012-08-19 07:12

      Maybe the Union should also help out here ?

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