Ministry won't back down from shutting down Optimum
Minister Ngaoko Ramathlodi has told Glencore to shut down its Optimum coal mine.
JOHANNESBURG - The Mineral Resources Ministry says it's made the right decision in ordering Glencore to close its Optimum coal mine, despite the fact that all of the mine's workers will now lose their jobs.
Glencore said it had to retrench the miners because Eskom is paying less than the full production cost for the coal from the mine.
The ministry's Mahlodi Moufhe said the fact more workers will now lose their jobs doesn't mean Glencore can break the law.
"That does not give Optimum the right to retrench workers all willy-nilly without following due process"