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CRGCity Press reports that Central Rand Gold (CRG) is at loggerheads with its employees for allegedly failing to pay over pension deductions.  The controversial mining company based in Roodepoort employs almost 130 people.  

According to two highly placed sources, including a senior employee at the company, CRG has not paid over pension fund contributions deducted from employees for almost five months.  “The last time they paid over pensions was in July, and now people who are going on pension are being told that their pensions are not up to date.  They are using our pensions to run the mine,” they claimed.  For the past few months, staff have been getting their salaries in two batches each month, apparently because of the company’s financial situation.  Zolile Smous of the Building Allied Mining and Construction Workers’ Union said they found out about the issue in the middle of last year.  After approaching the company, they were assured that pension and provident fund deductions had been paid.  “In about December, we approached CRG again.  They admitted that they were in arrears and had not been paying the pension and provident fund contributions,” said Smous.  He confirmed that employees were not being paid their full salaries.  The union took the company to the CCMA to get it to commit to pay last month’s bonuses, but even after agreeing to pay over two months, in December they apparently didn’t honour their agreement.

  • Read the original report by Lesetja Malope in full at News24


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