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newsThe Star reports that another Gupta-owned company, Shiva Uranium, has resumed retrenching its workforce amid attempts to rescue the ailing mining firm.  

Shiva’s business rescue practitioners, Chris Monyela and Juanito Damons, announced that operations in Hartebeestfontein, North West, had been placed under care and maintenance and the process of retrenching employees had started.  They said an agreement to retrench employees had been signed.  At Shiva Coal in Brakfontein, Mpumalanga, there is ongoing production, with overheads being taken care of by the mining contractor.  National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Matlosana regional secretary Masibulele Naki confirmed on Wednesday that the process of retrenching the remaining workforce had started, with the employees of Shiva Uranium undergoing medical examinations that would confirm whether they were employable in the industry and elsewhere.  According to Naki, workers should be paid not only retrenchment packages but the salaries Shiva Uranium stopped paying them last year.  He said before the initial round of retrenchments, Shiva Uranium had had a workforce of around 600.  The retrenchments come as the legal battle over Shiva Uranium heads back to court after two business rescue practitioners lost their North Gauteng High Court bid to be recognised (further details of this aspect of the story in full report).  

  • Read more of this report in The Star by Loyiso Sidimba at SA Labour News

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