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numBusinessLive writes that the former leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) left the organisation almost in tatters, with large amounts of debt and dwindling membership when they vacated office in 2015.  

This forced NUM to dip into its reserves, spending R40m to pay creditors who were threatening to attach its property, according to the union’s secretariat report presented at the national congress which got underway on Wednesday evening.  In the report drafted by general secretary David Sipunzi, the union said that although it had settled the debt it found, cost cutting measures had had to be effected to stabilise the organisation that operated on a deficit budget three years ago.  Mass retrenchments in the mining sector and union infighting were blamed for membership losses and the resultant reduction in subscription income.  Sipunzi defeated former general secretary Frans Baleni at the 2015 congress.  The union’s president Piet Matosa, a Baleni allay, located the union’s challenges in its failure to adapt.  He said in his foreword to the report that NUM could not hide that they were losing members not only through retrenchments, but also because it had no membership retrieval strategy integrated into its recruitment, services and retention tactics in an ever changing world of work.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Marikana proves costly for once-mighty NUM, at SA Labour News

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