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labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the rift between the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and three disgruntled regional managers, whom it wanted to shift to other provinces, has deepened.  

The DMR has been accused of double dealing in handling the dispute.  One of the concerns raised by people in the department was that the forced relocations were designed to put more pliable regional managers in place in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where the controversial Gupta family owns or indirectly owns various coal mines.  According to the latest papers filed in the Labour Court, the DMR has filed an application for a ruling that the three managers from KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo opposing their relocation had breached a rule by failing to deliver an amended or varied affidavit within a prescribed time frame.  But the applicants have argued that the DMR’s application was an attempt to avoid dealing with the merits of the application.  The filing delay was apparently because of an attack on Aaron Kharivhe, Limpopo’s regional manager, as well as his own multiple suspensions from his job in Mpumalanga.  Kharivhe had to be hospitalised with serious head wounds.

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive

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