NUM to present new wage offer tomorrow

The union’s Livhuwani Mammburu says they are positive an agreement will be reached soon.

FILE: The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members march to AngloCoal in Witbank to hand over a memorandum in support of their demand for a R1,000 increase for their lowest paid workers. Picture: @NUM_Media.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says the Chamber of Mines will receive feedback on its newest offer tomorrow, which could potentially see the end of a strike in the coal sector.

Last Friday, negotiations stalled due to an impasse with mining company Glencore.

As many as 30,000 coal workers downed tools, demanding a R1,000 increase for its lower category worker .

The companies are offering between R300 and R600.

Last week, power utility Eskom warned that a prolonged strike in the coal sector could restart load shedding if work stoppage continues for two months.

The union's Livhuwani Mammburu says they are positive an agreement will be reached soon.

"Early on Monday morning, our members will give a mandate to decide whether they're accepting the offer or not. But we can tell you that as NUM we're hopeful that something might happen on Monday."

Meanwhile, Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is intervening in the mining industry hoping communities in mining towns could benefit from the business.

Makgoba hosted a number of mining companies, civil society groups, unions and faith-based organisations at his home yesterday.

The talks are part of a global initiative kicked off by the Vatican two years ago in which mining sector leaders seeks to reposition the industry as one that can be a partner for long-term sustainable development with communities and governments.

Makgoba said organisations discussed how the interests of residents could be placed first.

"Everyone is concerned. The mining communities felt they could do something better if they work together and with religious communities and NGOs."