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numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday it was worried about the fate of its members at JIC Mining Services.  

This came after business rescue practitioners at the troubled Optimum coal mine served the contractor with a letter suspending its services.  Optimum is one of the businesses owned by the controversial Gupta family, which have been placed under rescue.  According to the NUM, the decision to suspend the services of JIC at Optimum would affect 480 workers.  “It is important to highlight that JIC Mining Services is a subsidiary of Tegeta Exploration.  As such it is compelling that the business rescue practitioners treat employees of JIC Mining Services equal to employees of both Optimum and Koornfontein mines,” NUM said.  Optimum and Koornfontein are also owned by Tegeta Exploration and Resources.  The NUM said workers at JIC had not been paid their salaries for the last two months and called for a rescue plan “before the company is liquidated since the sequences of events are leading to that direction”.

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