IFP Sends Condolences to Families of Workers Who Died in Ingula

1 November 2013     



The IFP sends its deepest condolences to the families of the six contractors who died when the platform they were working on collapsed in a tunnel at the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, near Ladysmith.


IFP spokesperson on Public Enterprises, Dr Oriani-Ambrosini MP, said “This tragedy needs to be investigated thoroughly. Eskom must not leave any stone unturned in this investigation. But Eskom needs to clarify as to what safety measures were in place to safeguard workers.”


Ambrosini further stated, “We call on the labour minister to ensure that inspectors conduct regular checks on sites. This is also a wakeup call to the private sector as many workers have lost their lives due to work safety policies in many companies not being implemented.”


The IFP calls on Eskom to make sure that all families of the deceased are getting the necessary support, through financial compensation and the covering of medical costs. It is high time for Eskom to make sure that all subcontracted companies have a comprehensive safety plan before they are given work to do.


Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on Public Enterprises
Dr Oriani-Ambrosini, MP

082 556 0240


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IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer
Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675