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TegetaBloomberg reports that the Optimum Coal mine, which is linked to the politically connected Gupta family, will be suspended if managers fail to comply with the site’s social and labour plan.  

The Department of Mineral Resources conducted an inspection on 8 February and Optimum Coal must take measures to reach compliance within 60 days of a pending order, the ministry indicated.  Workers protested on Wednesday over the uncertainty at the operations.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it went on strike because key questions have yet to be answered at the mine.  Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM spokesperson, said:  “What our members want to know is are they going to sell the mine or not.  They also want to know if they’re going to be paid this coming Friday.”  Gupta-controlled Oakbay Investments and Duduzane Zuma, the former president’s son, bought Optimum through Tegeta Exploration from Glencore in December 2015.  Oakbay said in August that it agreed to sell Tegeta to Swiss company Charles King.  Reports that the Gupta brothers have left the country have raised anxiety of workers at Optimum, where NUM is the majority labor group, Mammburu said.

  • Read this report in full at Mining Weekly
  • Read too, Work at Gupta-owned Optimum mine grinds to a halt, at BusinessLive
  • And also, Anger mounts as workers at Gupta-owned coal mine down tools, at News24

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