Bokoni Platinum management not doing enough to avoid job losses - NUM

The Limpopo mine has been placed on a two-year care and maintenance program as it battles to recover financial losses.

Miners at work in a mine shaft. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has accused management at the Bokoni Platinum mine of not doing enough to avoid the retrenchments of about 2,600 workers.

The Limpopo mine has been placed on a two-year care and maintenance programme as it battles to recover financial losses.

The mine says that it is not shutting down completely and hopes to resume operations after the two-year break.

The NUM’s Phillip Mankge says: “The company is claiming that it’s losing R500 million cash negative flow, but we don’t believe those stories. We’re saying this is a made up story.

“Let the company come on board, have meaningful engagements with us so that we can come up with other methods to the matter.”

Mankge says: “What the companies are claiming is that they were trying to close other shafts but they never engaged us as organised labour.

“We’re the stakeholders not by mistake and we feel we were supposed to have been consulted.”

Another mining company Anglo Gold Ashanti announced plans last month to retrench more than 8,000 workers.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)