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Auto & General Insurance recently made a R100 000 donation to The Gift of the Givers Foundation to help restore some dignity and provide much needed food to the 700 mine workers affected by the Aurora mines debacle.

According to Thomas Creamer, Telesure MD, “This tragedy is nothing short of a human rights violation and we, as auto & general, couldn’t sit by and do nothing about it. The Aurora mine workers have not received their wages since 2009; they are innocent victims of greed and corruption and have lost everything.”

auto & general’s donation will be distributed by Gift of the Givers as food parcels and as money to all the workers affected.

Gift of the Givers chairman Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said the situation was "critical". "These people are living for the day and don't know where their next meal is going to come from. It goes beyond starvation... they have absolutely nothing to eat," he said.

According to an article published in The Times, five miners were known to have committed suicide since the North West Province mine stopped operating in 2009.

Kgotso Phalatsane, 58, from Lesotho, who lives in the Orkney mine's hostel, said "Since 2009, I am unable to feed my children and they have been forced to drop out of school. Most of the people left here survive on temporary work and, if lucky, earn up to R50 a day. Some of my friends have been left by their wives for failing to provide for their children."

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