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Aurora workers get helping hand

2010-12-08 18:04

Johannesburg - Solidarity and Solidarity Helping Hand gave out food parcels to Aurora employees on Wednesday, the trade union said.

"These workers are entering their third dismal Christmas season, spokesperson Gideon du Plessis said in a statement.

"Late payment and non-payment of employees of Pamodzi Gold, which later was placed under provisional liquidation, already dates back to November 2008."

Solidarity Helping Hand and the trade union said it hoped the food parcels made a difference.

Du Plessis said since Aurora took over the management of Pamodzi mining operations, the workers' circumstances had worsened.

"These employees are filled with uncertainty over their future and their ability to provide for their families and other dependants."

Aurora Empowerment Systems took control of the Pamodzi Gold Orkney and Grootvlei mine about a year ago, after its owner went bankrupt.

Aurora has, however, been plagued by a lack of funding since it was named the preferred bidder, forcing it to close both mines.

Zondwa Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, and Khulubuse Zuma, a nephew of President Jacob Zuma, are both executives of Aurora.

Solidarity had accused Zuma of making "empty promises" and giving workers at the mines "false hope", Du Plessis said.

"Zuma approached Solidarity last week with promises to pay outstanding salaries in the sum of R5m out of his pocket," he said.

The High Court gave Aurora until December 17 to obtain the necessary funding for the final acquisition of the Orkney and Grootvlei mines.

However Solidarity would still "lodge a protest" with the competition tribunal when Aurora applied for the acquisition owing to the company's poor record - even if its started paying outstanding money to the employees, Du Plessis said.

Comments
  • Zion - 2010-12-08 19:32

    Interesting because Solidarity, helpende hand and Afriforum are the outcasts in the union business. Where was the great Cosaty hiding?. Keep up the good work Solidarity - you count.

      cervezab - 2010-12-08 23:57

      Cosatu have also handed out their share of food parcels, both union groups are working together on this. It is always good to have a common cause, and even better to have a common enemy

      Zion - 2010-12-09 06:22

      A very pertinent question arises with this Aurora issue. Why has it taken 3 years to accomplish bugger all? Leading to a state of food parcels in the first place. Where were the unions and the government in the interim? I believe the answers may be ralated to the standing of the owners in society and politics. What is that word starting with a "C".

  • franssmith100 - 2010-12-08 19:55

    Old story in africa - when the chips are down and people are hungry and have been screwed over by their own kind, it is either the 'MUCH HATED" white man, or the also hated Americans, or the also hated europeans helping out - that will never change!

      cervezab - 2010-12-08 23:59

      the chips are not down, they are on your shoulder

      franssmith100 - 2010-12-09 12:28

      show me where africans has helped the europeans, or the americans? show me where black africans help other black or white africans (and i am not talking about stealing taxes, tenderpreneuring, collusion in shade deals etc) and generosity has nothing to do with chips, it has to do with culture and upbringing (or the lack therof).

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-09 10:57

    Isn't it wonderful how this whole Aurora mine debacle is shooting the ANCYL proponents of mine nationalization in the foot? These GRAVY-TRAIN COMMUTERS can't even run their OWN mine . . What a joke!

      franssmith100 - 2010-12-09 12:29

      good point, maybe they will try farming now..

  • Zupta - 2011-04-12 06:09

    Why don't they march to mandelas home this should get some attention!!!!

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