South Africa’s Chamber of Mines (CoM) has said that it welcomes the release of the Marikana Report of Judge Farlam on the events that occurred at Lonmin‘s Marikana mine in August 2012.

The Chamber, which remains saddened at the losses suffered by the families, friends and colleagues of those who died during Marikana, said that it hopes that the publication of the report plays a part in making their grief easier to bear and brings a form of closure regarding some of the key issues and question raised over the period.

As said before, the Chamber reiterates the imperative that the mining industry’s activities should not cause harm to any stakeholder, and that industry should play its part in ensuring a safe and dignified co-existence for all, particularly its employees and those living in mining communities.

“The events at Marikana reinforce our determination to achieve those goals, the Chamber noted.

The Chamber added: “While we believe significant progress has been made, we know we still have a road to travel. We trust that the report published this evening adds strength to these efforts.”

The CoM said that it will need some time to absorb and analyse all findings of relevance to the mining industry as a whole, and will undertake to offer our more detailed perspectives as soon as possible.

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