Mining firm Sibanye-Stillwater is currently involved in several activities to assist families of those killed in the Marikana tragedy in August 2012.

Sibanye-Sillwater spokesperson Thabisile Phumo said the firm has been engaging with staff during the course of the week to help them deal with the trauma caused by the tragedy.

Thirty-four workers were shot and killed by police during a protracted wage strike at the then Lonmin operations, now owned by Sibanye-Stillwater.

Phumo says, “This has been a very humbling week for us as an organisation. From Monday we have been having prayer sessions at all our shafts with employees recognising the trauma that most of them went through, but in particular being with the families in prayer and ensuring that we assist them through the process of healing by having these prayer sessions and noting that they have to rehash the death of the family members, the colleagues that we lost on this day and standing with them to get them through this week.”

Meanwhile, thousands of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members prepare to commemorate the anniversary of the 2012 Marikana tragedy on Friday.