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TegetaEWN reports Gupta-linked Optimum Coal Mine has assured its striking workers that it will deal with their concerns speedily.  

Employees downed tools this week, bringing operations at the Mpumalanga mine to a halt over concerns that they would not be paid on Friday.  There were also concerns that the mine would shut down following the Bank of Baroda’s exit from South Africa.  National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) branch secretary Richard Mguzulu read the demands of the workers gathered on Thursday, highlighting that the mine had no choice but to provide answers on Thursday.  The mine’s Chief Operating Officer, George van der Merwe, received the memorandum and told the striking workers they might not like some of the answers the mine would give.  Van der Merwe was set to revert to those gathered later on Thursday, with NUM leaders warning him not to provoke unnecessary violence with his response.   NUM's regional chair Nelson Ratshoshi says all these uncertainties need to be addressed by Van der Merwe when he responded to their memorandum.  He called on government to step in at Optimum before over 2,000 workers lose their jobs.  It has also emerged that workers at the Koornfontein mine, also owned by the Gupta-linked Tegeta firm, have not yet been paid.  NUM confirmed that the matter was now before the CCMA.  

  • Read this report by Pelane Phakgadi in full at EWN

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