COSATU Gauteng is concerned about yet another gas explosion in a school in Atteridgeville, Pretoria and the health and safety of workers and community members

The Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) in Gauteng is deeply concerned about the safety of workers and community members after yet another reported gas explosion that occurred on Wednesday, the 23rd of August at Zodwa Special School in Atteridgeville, City of Tshwane.  

Two workers were killed, and four others sustained serious injuries. This tragedy follows other fatal gas explosions that took place in Johannesburg Bree Street, Soweto Braamfisherville and another in Kempton Park.

COSATU in Gauteng calls upon the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Department of Infrastructure Development, the Department of Health and the Department of Employment and Labour to ensure that health and safety regulations are followed and that they carry out inspections regularly. Strict health and safety teams must be delegated to ensure that all workplaces comply with the health and safety regulations and standards. Furthermore, severe penalties must be applied for non-health and safety compliance.

We further encourage all Gauteng residents to remain vigilant, report any safety concerns, and follow the guidance provided by the authorities. Through collective efforts, we can create a safer environment for all in the province.

COSATU Gauteng sends heartfelt condolences to the families of the two workers who lost their lives and wishes a speedy recovery to those who got injured during the explosion.

Issued by COSATU Gauteng

Provincial Chairperson – Amos Monyela: 079 493 5002

Provincial Secretary – Louisah Modikwe: 066 182 2402