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harmonySowetanLive reports that mineworkers who went back to their workplaces when they heard about the easing of national lockdown restrictions are now in a waiting pattern until level 3 lockdown restrictions kick in.  

According to their employer Harmony Gold, they are confined to their hostels as they do not fall within the critical skills parameters permitted under government rules.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) earlier claimed that 60 workers at the Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville had been stranded for at least a week.  The union’s Oupa Ralake said the mineworkers have no money to return home after the mining house called them back to work, which Harmony denied.  Ralake said:  “Unfortunately, when they arrived they were informed there was no space for them to work because the mine had exceeded its capacity.  It is allowed to operate only at 50% capacity, and already the number of employees required was above 60%.  With nowhere to go, workers have no choice but to remain in the hostels.  They were promised transport back to their homes but this has not materialised.  They have been stranded for more than a week and would prefer to go home because there they can practise social distancing.”  Numsa also claimed workers had not received their full salaries for April.  Harmony has disputed the allegations.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kgaugelo Masweneng and Ernest Mabuza at SowetanLive
  • Read too, Numsa accuses Kusasalethu Mine of abandoning its workers, at EWN

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