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TegetaBusinessLive reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has dismissed its Mpumalanga regional manager, Aubrey Tshivhandekano, at the gates of the Koornfontein colliery, owned by the Gupta-linked Tegeta Resources, as he was about to issue the mine a notice for non-compliance with its mining rights.  

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said the union was furious at Tshivhandekano’s dismissal on Thursday for standing up for workers’ rights at the mine where salaries were either late or partially paid.  The letter of dismissal handed to Tshivhandekano by department officials was signed by the department’s director-general, Thabo Mokoena, on the instruction of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, and was designed to stop the issuance of the notice, which could close the colliery, Mammburu said.  It is understood that Tshivhandekano had also recently visited the controversial Optimum colliery owned by Tegeta, where a similar notice was being prepared for non-compliance.  The DMR denied any suggestions of impropriety in Tshivhandekano’s dismissal, but did concede there were problems at the Koornfontein colliery.  “It is unfortunate that he has chosen to link his dismissal with an unrelated, and falsified matter,” the DMR said.  The NUM labelled Tshivhandekano’s dismissal as part of a process of harassment and efforts to remove "progressive" department officials who worked to improve employees’ conditions and "especially those dealing with Gupta companies for not adhering to the labour and mining laws of the country".

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, NUM joins calls for Zwane’s head after DMR dismisses official, at Miningmx

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