Assmang boss accused of gambling with workers' lives [So. Africa]
Author: South African Press Association (SAPA), Published on: 21 September 2009
...Assmang [joint venture African Rainbow Minerals, Assore]...boss was on Monday accused of having “gambled” with workers lives by failing to act when warned that the company boiler was likely to explode...Workers' attorney Richard Spoor said Assmang general manager Princess Thwala had ignored warnings from a firm of consultants that the boiler was likely to explode if water leaks were not sorted out...According to Thwala, she had been told by Assmang's former operations manager, Robert Burger, that the accident was unlikely to happen. She said that she was satisfied with Burger's steps to mitigate the problem...“You allowed it...to happen on the basis that it was unlikely it would happen. You took a chance. You gambled with the lives of the workers,” said Spoor. Thwala said it was not true that she had ignored the warning, saying that there was plan to shut down so that the problem would be sorted out.