Union shocked by looming job cuts at Sibanye Gold

Sibanye Gold announced on Thursday that it intends to retrench around 7,400 workers at its Gauteng and Free State operations.

FILE: Sibanye Gold's Cooke 1 shaft. Picture: Sibanyegold.co.za.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says it's shocked to hear of more looming job cuts in the mining industry.

Sibanye Gold announced on Thursday that it intends to retrench around 7,400 workers at its Gauteng and Free State operations.

The company says it hasn’t made profits at the Beatrix and Cooke mines.

However, Solidarity’s Gideon du Plessis says it believes the proposed number of retrenchments may end up being more than 7,500 as announced by the company.

“We’re shocked at, in total 10,200 employees, are affected. Initially, they gave us a heads up, and it would’ve been 6,000 but now it’s a lot more. We’re also concerned about the process but also the impact it will have on dependence and mining communities in total.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)