NUM to strike at Northam Platinum

Over 7000 National Union of Mineworkers members will embark on strike action at the Northam Platinum in Limpopo from Sunday night, the union said.

"The strike is going ahead," NUM chief negotiator Ecliff Tantsi said on Sunday afternoon.

He said workers would not go down for the night shift from around 8pm and the strike would continue with workers not coming for Monday's day shift that begins around 5am.

Tantsi said there had been "no new developments" since wage negotiations broke down during the week, and the strike notice was subsequently issued.

However, he said that he had phoned the mine's general manager, Danny Gonsalves, on Sunday morning.

"I indicated to him that we cannot lead by silence…In any war there will be time for parties to talk," said Tantsi.

"In the beginning of the war, to avoid casualties, it is wiser to find a solution".

Tantsi said the manager indicated he "understood me".

"I'm waiting for his call anytime."

Tantsi said the 7000 NUM members represented approximately 80% of the workers at the mine.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the mine, Marion Brower, said the company had moved twice on its offers to miners. It had also  offered facilitation.

Asked if further engagement between the employer and workers was on the cards, Brower said: "I do know that when it comes to these kinds of things, it's who blinks first."

The NUM wants – among other demands – a monthly increase of R2100 for core workers and R2000 for non-core workers.

In a statement issued earlier this week, the mine said the demand for a R2100 increase on basic wages for core employees, was the equivalent of a 23 to 43% increase at the lowest levels, while the demand for non-core workers was equivalent to a 22 to 42% increase at the lowest level.

The company said last month, during talks at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, that  it had tabled an offer of increases ranging from 7% to 8% for the next financial year.

The union also wants the living out allowance to be increased from R2200 to R3718, an increase of 69%. -–Sapa


Hlophe complaint is an eerie echo

But the new complaint against the Western Cape judge president is also unprecedented

Mabuza contract grows by R10m

Eskom’s negotiators in a R100-million maintenance contract came back with a proposal to push up the costs

‘There were no marks on his neck’, Neil Aggett inquest...

The trade unionist’s partner at the time he was detained at John Vorster Square says she now believes his death was not a suicide

Study unpacks the ‘hidden racism’ at Stellenbosch

Students say they feel unseen and unheard at the university because of their skin colour

Press Releases

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

MTN unveils TikTok bundles

Customised MTN TikTok data bundles are available to all prepaid customers on *136*2#.

Marketers need to reinvent themselves

Marketing is an exciting discipline, offering the perfect fit for individuals who are equally interested in business, human dynamics and strategic thinking. But the...

Upskill yourself to land your dream job in 2020

If you received admission to an IIE Higher Certificate qualification, once you have graduated, you can articulate to an IIE Diploma and then IIE Bachelor's degree at IIE Rosebank College.

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020

Almost half (49%) of South Africans, 15 years and older, agree or strongly agree that they view 2020 with optimism.

KZN teacher educators jet off to Columbia University

A group of academics were selected as participants of the programme focused on PhD completion, mobility, supervision capacity development and the generation of high-impact research.

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.