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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that a court challenge to stop Sibanye-Stillwater’s R5bn takeover of Lonmin by challenging the platinum producer’s adherence to a social and labour plan (SLP) has been branded as deeply flawed and misleading by Lonmin.  

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), which stands accused by the Mining Forum of SA and its president Blessings Ramoba of being ineffectual in its dealings with Lonmin’s SLP, acted equally as angrily as the platinum miner requested the court to throw the matter out and order “punitive costs” against the forum and Ramoba.  The forum and Ramoba argued that Lonmin “never complied with its statutory obligations over the years of conducting its operations”.  In their affidavit due to be heard in the High Court in Mahikeng on 26 October, they have asked the court to interdict Lonmin from selling any assets and to order DMR minister Gwede Mantashe to compel Lonmin to halt operations until it had complied with its obligations laid out in the SLP.  The last demand would bring hardship to Lonmin’s 30,000 employees if the forum and Ramoba had their way, Lonmin’s Thandeka Ncube said in reply.  “How this can be to the benefit of the mine workers or the local community is not explained by the applicants,” she stated.  Ncube accused Ramoba of misleading the court by leaving out critical bits of information, such as that the forum twice approached Lonmin with business proposals, which the company declined.  The DMR’s director-general, Thabo Mokoena, accused Ramoba of an “ill-conceived application”.

  • Read this informative report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive

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