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Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that the often fraught relationship between Sibanye-Stillwater (Sibanye) and the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) took a turn for the worse last week.  

The precious metals producer accused its largest union of an agenda aimed at harming its reputation.  It said in a statement that Amcu was “… pursuing a clear agenda” by “… continually making mischievous allegations, and disseminating erroneous and clearly fake information to the media”, which was causing reputational damage for Sibanye-Stillwater.  The group reserved the right to take legal action.  This followed an Amcu statement in which it accused Sibanye of failing to take precautionary action after a seismic event at a section at its Kloof mine on 21 May injured two employees.  Another seismic event occurred at Kloof mine the next day injuring a further three employees.  Amcu’s contention was that Sibanye ought to have acted on the information provided by the first seismic event.  Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye, said the company had confidence in its seismic management systems.  But, speaking at the Minerals Council of SA’s AGM last week, mines minister, Gwede Mantashe, suggested that miners should withdraw miners as soon as seismic events occurred.  An industry-wide safety summit has been called for November.

  • Read this report by David McKay in full at Miningmx

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