Hospital faces closure after retrenchments

2011-06-24 17:40

Johannesburg - A hospital in Buffelsfontein, North West might close down after the possible retrenchment of 140 of its employees, the trade union Solidarity said on Friday.

"The Duff Scott hospital will be forced to close its doors unless it is bought out. If it is, then there is a possibility that no retrenchments will take place in this division," Solidarity spokesperson Ilze Nieuwoudt said.

The retrenchments were part of a large-scale plan by gold company Simmer & Jack (Simmers), she said.

Simmers acquired Buffelsfontein Gold Mines and the hospital for R70m in October 2005 after it had been placed into provisional liquidation.

On June 15 Simmers handed over a notice for the retrenchment of 1 246 workers at the Buffelsfontein Gold Mine and the hospital.

Nieuwoudt said that the hospital was the closest medical facility to the mine and its employees' safety would be jeopardised if a buyout did not happen.

The first round of consultations were held on June 17 but no implementation date had been announced.

A spokesperson for Duff Scott hospital was not immediately available for comment.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-06-24 18:04

    The first sign of a mass pull out by mining companies? Scary stuff.

      cocopops - 2011-06-24 18:16

      Do you think it has anything to do with nationalisation pg the mines, get out while the going is good?

      TamaraSays - 2011-06-24 18:19

      I don't think, I know, and we'll see more of it. Do you really think international investors are going to leave their money in the country, knowing that on a whim, it could be stolen? I don't, and I don't blame them either.

      Francois - 2011-06-25 05:01

      No it is not, this is the umpteenth sign that some of South Africa's mines are depleted and needs to be closed. This is a labour union complaining, not the investors.

  • Alvin - 2011-06-24 18:48

    Please everyone do not overreact and overanalyse..retrenchments like this have been happening everywhere,all the time...Businesses go bust all the time...

  • George - 2011-06-24 19:31

    disgusting????..."HUMAN BEHAVIOUR!"

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