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numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday expressed its ‘deep anger’ over the nonpayment of employees’ salaries for the past two months at the Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines.  

NUM members and other workers will be entering their third month without being paid salaries, NUM Highveld regional secretary Tshilidzi Mathavha said, adding that “the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) gave unlawful instructions that employees should not report to work, which goes without saying that come end of the month, employees will not be paid their salaries”.  Mathavha went on to state:  “What is of great concern is the fact that the BRPs always gave false hope to the union as if the situation was under control only to find that there is no money.”  The NUM further questioned the BRP’s stance that there was no cash flow to sustain the business, in the light of their commitment that for as long as there was production the business could be sustained until the process of rescuing the business was finalised.  The union said it remained unconvinced that the BRPs were working in the interest of rescuing the business from the current financial constraints.  The NUM has engaged with the Department of Mineral Resources regarding a possible way forward, as well as with the BRPs regarding the payment of salaries to employees.

  • Read the original report in full at Mining Weekly
  • Read the NUM’s press statement in this regard at NUM News


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