Fresh protests erupt outside Optimum Mine

Workers have gathered again this morning singing and dancing as they wait to hear from mine management and union bosses.

A screengrab of employees at the Gupta-owned Optimum Mine in Mpumalanga downing tools over salaries on 21 February 2018.

JOHANNESBURG – There are fresh protests at Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine this morning as workers wait for management to shed clarity on the company’s financial status.

The workers shut down operations at the Mpumalanga mine on Wednesday.

Their demonstration follows the bank of Baroda’s exit from South Africa.

The bank was responsible for administering their salaries and they now want to know whether they will still get paid by Friday.

Workers have gathered again this morning singing and dancing as they wait to hear from mine management and union bosses.

One mineworker says he has a family and deserves to know the future of the company.

“We’ve got a serious concern about the security of our jobs and the future of the company. As we see all of us here, we’ve got families to look after.”

He claims some service providers have not been paid, saying this is a clear indication that they too will not be paid.

The crowd is growing as workers continue to be bussed in to join the demonstration.