A future beyond the Marikana tragedy
South Africa – In 2012, 44 mineworkers lost their lives in Marikana during the climax of a protest for better wages.
Delivering the inaugural Marikana Memorial Lecture during a webinar hosted by Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday 14, professor Thuli Madonsela said: “I like the fact that Sibanye-Stillwater is putting people first, because Marikana was about people.”
Madonsela has acknowledged the progress made by Sibanye-Stillwater in assisting the victims of the Marikana tragedy to find healing and reconstruct their lives.
Sibanye-Stillwater is providing educational support to the children of those who lost their lives during the tragedy through the 1608 Memorial Trust. This initiative started by Lonmin before it was taken over by Sibanye-Stillwater in 2019 has to date provided funding to 141 beneficiaries at a total cost of R32 million.
In his address during the webinar, Sibanye-Stillwater chief executive officer Neal Froneman said: “Whilst we acknowledge and respect the past, we want to develop a new legacy for Marikana; one where conflict is replaced by new social and economic compacts. We want to create a new, more inclusive and sustainable legacy.”
Sibanye-Stillwater recently handed over six homes to widows of the Marikana victims. The mining company is also planning to acquire a further 13 houses as part of an initiative to provide some of the widows with homes.
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