Ben Magara, Lonmin’s chief executive officer, reminded employees this month that Zero Harm can be achieved if the risks that lead to serious or fatal accidents are managed consistently,.
Magara delivered this message at Lonmin’s E3 and Rowland shafts when he visited the sites with Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), and Monageng Mothiba, principal inspector for the Department of Mineral Resources. “We need to reach our production targets to sustain the company and our families at home but safety always comes first,” he pointed out. Lonmin deeply regrets the sad loss of Siphilo Makhende, Goodman Ntobeko Mangisa, Zilindile Ndume and Fanelekile Nkosiphendule Giyama this year. In memory of them, Magara encouraged colleagues to recommit to living the “Lonmin Life Rules”, which have been formulated to discourage unsafe behaviour. The trio marked their support for Lonmin’s hand safety campaign, “AZIKO SPER”, by leaving their handprints on a wall for all employees to see.