JOHANNESBURG Oct 8 South Africa's biggest
miners union said on Wednesday 5,000 members would stay away
from work at AngloGold Ashanti's (ANGJ.J) TauTona mine on
Thursday to mark the death of a colleague who died last week.
The NUM has been putting pressure on mining companies to
take action to prevent workers' deaths. Since last year, when a
miner dies, union members at the mine stop work for one day to
mark the death and to urge the company to improve safety.
South Africa has an appalling safety record, and 135 workers
have died in mines so far this year, compared to 221 in 2007 and
200 in 2006.
AngoGold, Africa's top gold producer, said last week a
worker died at the TauTona mine near Johannesburg when a tunnel
collapsed early on Thursday.
"A memorial service is scheduled to begin at 0600 GMT in the
morning. There will be no work," Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesman for
the NUM said in a statement.
Mining companies have suffered production losses after
fatalities due to routine shutdowns ordered by the government
for investigations and the work stoppages by labour.
(Reporting by James Macharia; editing by Christopher