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Workers voice concerns following planned job cuts at Bokoni mine

The mine is embarking on a care and maintenance program for the next two years with the aim of regaining its financial strength.

Miners at work in a mine shaft. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Community members have voiced their fears over planned retrenchments at the Bokoni Platinum Mine in Limpopo, saying the job losses will sink the area further into poverty.

Only 23% of Ga-Nkoana community members have a job and that was before the mine gave its notice of retrenchment to 2,600 workers last week.

The mine is embarking on a care and maintenance program for the next two years with the aim of regaining its financial strength.

Thapelo Madipsi has been working at the platinum mine for the last 15 years he received a notice of retrenchment on Friday.

He is the breadwinner, providing financially not only for his family but also the community.

Madipsi says the impact of him losing his job will have far reaching consequences.

“If I don’t work, then there will be a problem because my family depends on me. Others are schooling, I have to pay school fees for them.”

Tsego Leba says the entire community has been battling with the high unemployment rate and the mine has been their only source of income.

“The mine itself is an economic hub of the surrounding communities.”

While 2,600 workers are expected to be without a job by the end of September, some miners are calling on management to urgently review their decision.

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