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NUM Press Statement, 05 September 2016NUM Sibanye Gold Cooke 4 branch to embark on a march tomorrowMore than 1 500 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members at Sibanye Gold Cooke 4 branch will be marching tomorrow against retrenchments and the closure of the operation. They will also be joined by the 850 contract workers.
The details of the march are as follows:Date: 06 September 2016Venue: Cooke 4 shaft in WestonariaTime: 3 pm
The NUM is deeply worried that Sibanye gold wants to close down the shaft without following proper process. The NUM members demand that Sibanye Gold must allow the Department of Mineral Resources ( DMR) to intervene on retrenchments and closure of the mine through section 52 of MPRDA.The NUM calls for Sibanye Gold to implement Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act of 1995 in alignment with the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development (MPRDA) Act of 2002 Section 52 which states that if the company anticipate retrenching 10% or more employees it has to inform the Minister of Minerals Resources. This drastic actions by the company will leave hundreds of mineworkers in a dire situation and the surrounding communities in the West Rand.The NUM is a calling for Sibanye Gold to surrender the mining licence to any responsible company that will be willing to mine Cooke 4 operation. Sibanye Gold does not care about the lives of mineworkers. It cares about profits for its shareholders.The NUM will fight tooth and nail to make sure that its members are not retrenched cheaply. The NUM remain fearless, committed, dedicated and unshaken in fighting for the mineworkers.
For more information, please contact:Bonginkosi Mrasi: NUM Branch Secretary at Cooke 4: 078 188 4300Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257
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