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NUM mourns the passing of Sylvia Benjamin

28 December 2012

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) notes with sadness the sudden passing of one of its stalwarts uMama Sylvia Benjamin who together with James Motlatsi, Cyril Ramaphosa and the late Elijah Barayi led the NUM in its early founding years.

Benjamin was the first woman Treasurer General of the NUM and laid the sound financial management and control of the NUM in the founding years. The NUM owes its success in the latter years to her sound financial stewardship.

Mama Benji, is she was popularly known remained a pillar of strength and provided guidance even after her term came to an end. "She has been with the NUM through thick and thin even during the most turbulent times of the 80s. She will be solely missed" says Frans Baleni, the NUM General Secretary. "We pass our sincere condolences to her family, friends and comrades in general in the movement" says The NUM dips its flag and banners in honour of this giant and mother of the trade union movement.

Lesiba Seshoka-NUM National Spokesman-082 803 6719

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