NUM calls on Sibanye Gold to scrap planned job cuts

Members of the NUM are protesting against Sibanye Gold's planned retrenchments at the Cooke 4 operation.

A screengrab of NUM members during a protest against Sibanye Gold's planned retrenchments at the company's Cooke 4. Picture: Twitter/@NUM_Media.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are protesting against Sibanye Gold's planned retrenchments at the company's Cooke 4 operation this afternoon.



Sibanye announced plans in July to retrench about 1,700 workers at the gold and uranium mine near Westonaria.

The NUM's Bonginkosi Mrasi says the mine has to scrap the planned job cuts.



But Sibanye Gold spokesperson James Wellsted says the company has not been performing optimally and the retrenchments cannot be avoided.

"Cooke 4 is one of the mines that make up the Cooke operation and it has been operating at significant loses since we acquired it in 2014."