South African mining companies are setting up shared quarantine facilities for miners testing positive for COVID-19 and are discussing other ways to cooperate, as the vital national industry gradually restarts operations halted since late March.
The communities of N4 Cluster in Rustenburg in the North West have handed over a memorandum of grievances against ongoing retrenchments by Samancor Chrome and Sibanye-Stillwater mines.
With the mining sector, which is the main driver of the North West’s economy, facing large-scale retrenchments the province is faced with tough challenges.
Sibanye-Stillwater says it is willing to find an amicable solution to end the dispute with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over salary increases.
Sibanye-Stillwater has announced its intention to retrench more than 5000 workers at its Marikana mine in the North West.