Minister must withdraw Sibanye Stillwater mining permit – NUM – POLITICS

Union says company continues to show poor black miners middle finger

Minister Gwede Mantashe must act now and withdraw the mining permit against Sibanye Stillwater

May 23, 2022

The National Union of Miners (NUM) is urging Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Gwede Mantashe to act now against Sibanye-Stillwater, revoking its mining rights in the gold sector.

The NUM has always considered Sibanye-Stillwater, under the leadership of Neal Froneman, to be the main job destroyer in the mining industry in South Africa. This man is already threatening to issue Section 189 of the Labor Relations Act to fire workers due to the current strike in the gold sector. We are neither shocked nor surprised, it is what he does best.

While poor black miners have been on strike for nearly three months demanding barely 1,000 rand and 6% living wages, Sibanye-Stillwater continues to show the workers the middle finger. The company even boasts of having enough money to fight a strike and stop production for years, which alone gives the DMRE Minister the power to suspend or cancel rights, permits or authorizations. of mining.

Recently, Froneman received an incredible R300 million while employees are out in the cold. It is excruciating, disgusting and sickening. The benefits for the miners, who are supposed to be the primary beneficiaries of these natural resources, remain minimal or nil. Miners continue to risk their lives deep below the earth’s surface to produce gold, but at the end of the month they are earning starvation wages. It is an insult.

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