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transhexMining Weekly reports that the Trans Hex Group on Wednesday confirmed that it had placed its Bloeddrif mine, in the Richtersveld region of the Northern Cape, on care and maintenance.  

Earlier this week, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) condemned the “sudden closure” of the mine and claimed that the diamond miner had informed its 110 members there of the mine’s closure at “the eleventh hour”.  Trans Hex, however, said Bloeddrif has been a marginal operation for a number of years, as it has approached the end of its viable life-of-mine and that the NUM was kept regularly informed of the circumstances.  Bloeddrif is part of Trans Hex’s ageing Lower Orange River (LOR) operations and currently employs 115 employees.  All employees were formally briefed about the mine’s closure by members of management on 16 May.  They will continue to receive full pay while the company undertakes the necessary statutory processes of engagement and consultation with relevant stakeholders, including the NUM and representatives of non-unionised employees.  The company indicated that it would engage in a full process of consultation with the NUM before any decision on potential retrenchments is taken.


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