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transhexBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on diamond mining company Trans Hex to surrender its mining licence amid its plan to retrench 332 employees at its ageing and loss-making Baken Mine in the Northern Cape.  

NUM spokesperson Livhu­wani Mammburu on Wednesday questioned why the diamond producer was putting the mine, which has been operating for more than 45 years, under care and maintenance if it was no longer profitable.  “Our position as the NUM is that they must return their mining licence to the regulator, which is the Department of Mineral Resources, so that interested companies can take over and mine there.  It is clear that they are lying,” he said.  Trans Hex said that Baken was nearing the end of life in its current form.  Operations would continue at the mine during the consultation process with the NUM and Baken would then be placed on care and maintenance from 1 November.

  • Read this report by Luyolo Mkentane in full at Business Report
  • Read the NUM’s press statement in this regard at NUM online

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