Sibanye-Stillwater mulls over 2000 layoffs at South Africa gold mines

Valuable metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater is set to restructure its gold operations in South Africa, which might put in danger greater than 2,000 jobs.

The transfer comes because the gold operations are unable to rake in income attributable to rising prices and depleting reserves.  

Initially, the choice is anticipated to influence 1,959 workers and 465 contractors at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix 4 shaft and Kloof 1 plant, the place the floor rock dump (SRD) mineral reserves are depleting.

Because of this, Sibanye-Stillwater will begin session with organised labour and different affected stakeholders by way of S189A of the Labour Relations Act (S189) over the attainable restructuring of its South African gold operations.

Moreover, Sibanye-Stillwater mentioned the proposed restructuring might probably have an effect on workers in related firms, together with Sibanye Gold Safety Providers Restricted and Sibanye Gold Academy Proprietary Restricted.

Earlier, the Beatrix 4 shaft’s life was extended following S189 consultations in 2017, which enabled it to proceed operation so long as it made a revenue.

The SRD mineral reserves are practically depleted which are handled at Kloof 1 plant, and the Kloof Major SRD is anticipated to be fully mined out by the tip of this 12 months.

Sibanye-Stillwater mentioned in a press release: “Because of this, Kloof 1 plant won’t be able to function at full capability, with its solely remaining major supply of ore coming from Kloof 4 SRD. Price discount efforts have been ineffective in addressing the continuing lack of profitability.”

Southern Africa chief regional officer Richard Stewart mentioned: “To permit shafts and working vegetation which are not sustainable to proceed working at a loss, will threaten the remaining lifetime of mine of the opposite SA gold operations, and in the end additionally the staff of the broader group.

“We’re dedicated to minimising the influence of the proposed restructuring and can constructively have interaction with all related stakeholders in an effort to keep away from job losses whereas trying to restrict the influence on the rest of the operations workers and the sustainability of the group.”

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