Hundreds gather at Gold Fields for Vavi

2012-09-29 14:54

Johannesburg - Hundreds of striking Gold Fields workers were gathering at the KDC west mine near Carletonville on Saturday morning.

The miners, some carrying sticks and knobkerries and singing, were waiting for Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to address them.

Some were carrying posters which read: "We can't go back to work tomorrow without R12 500, equalisation, keys from NUM office, original pay slips."

Workers at Gold Fields have been on strike for 20 days and demanded a monthly pay of R12 500 after deductions.

One of the miners' representatives Sibongile Ngqwena said they called Vavi to the mine on Saturday because their leaders have let them down.

"We called Mr Vavi today because we need support from Mr Vavi, because we need this R12 500, because we don't have the support from NUM leadership. He promised to come and give us this support."

Last week the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Senzeni Zokwana told striking mineworkers the union would meet the Chamber of Mines to discuss wages of mine workers nationally.

He said they would discuss a minimum wage for workers in both the coal and gold mining sector.

However, Ngqwena said they have not heard anything from him.

"Since he came here he failed to support us, he failed to represent us."

Earlier this month, Gold Fields secured a court interdict to end the wildcat strike. The court found that the strike was unlawful and ordered that workers return to work immediately.

Spokesman Sven Lunsche said the court order had been ignored.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:02

    See these fools jus want want want. Jus fire all of them. Dont beg them. Jus fire these fools. There are ppl who wanna work.

      mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-09-29 15:13

      Your comments are childish,brat mxm

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-29 15:24

      Constant Circus Calamity ? no , Sorry can't call it a circus its a curse's

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-29 15:40

      U sound like the worst FOOL urself sj!!

      john32 - 2012-09-29 15:43

      R12500 after deductions- that is absurd - so many dont even have a matric, and qualified and skilled people get less. What a joke LOL. FIRE THEM!!!

      makenawn - 2012-09-29 16:48

      @ sj.fourie take a blame,debate the issue on the table, stop calling people fools play the ball.

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-29 19:58

      sj fool, you must be staying in farms of Freestate province

      rowen.loretz - 2012-09-30 15:14


  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:06

    Lol u fools please use ur common sense

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:21

    Lol mbuti. Truth hurts

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-09-29 15:25

    @SJ no one can get fired...racist idiot

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:30

    Boy do u know what the word racist means? Jus curious

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-29 15:36

    That's right Vavi rally the masses and take down the Anc you dont need them YOU CAN DO IT YES YOU CAN

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-09-29 15:40

    @ sj fourie.56. Reading all ur coments on this site one can only wonder if south africa could ever be a better place if idiots like u still exist.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:40

    Some blacks are racist cos they always want wat the whites have. Work harder. Stop behaving like idiots. And certain cases ur racist cos ur power hungry and would rather steal than work for something.

  • Richard - 2012-09-29 15:45

    KDC West mine or the KFC West mine?

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-30 12:20

      KFC west wing

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 15:49

    Lol kill the rabbit.

  • aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-09-29 15:51

    I know they work hard ans is a integral part of our economy, but it baffels me how they want to paid R12000??! That's almost double what teachers get! How can you pay someone that has Matric, studied at university and who goes through all that extra crap the department of education dishes ou, less than a person who may or may not have just finished matric? And another thing, when you get a job, do they not inform you about how much your salary will be? Because if you accept a job, you do accept your why are you all striking if you accepted your salaries?

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-29 19:51

      They don't nid a degree/diploma to drill the rock, people mustn't be exploited simply because they don't posses a useless degree,

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-29 19:52

      They don't nid a degree/diploma to drill the rock, people mustn't be exploited simply because they don't posses a useless degree,

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-30 12:18

      ag Joe mangena !!! wake up dude... what this person is saying why should (more of these drillers are illiterate) people get paid twice as much as a person who have matric, got a degree/diploma ? Teachers get paid half of a driller's salary... police as well.... but if you pick up a knobkierie and panga HELL YEAH demand R12500 a month !!! just because you can...

  • bongile.langa - 2012-09-29 15:53

    I am crossing my fingers hoping this does not escalate and turn into what we recently witnessed at Marikana grounds.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-29 16:32

    The cost to company will remain the same. Miners R12 500.00, Labour Broker nil.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-29 17:31

    SA teachers produce plenty factory rejects,no one doutbs the mineworkers products.

  • bongani.bongza.940 - 2012-09-29 18:21

    i hop vavi wil come with de soluxion dan num president who who told de workers dat he is a can u lead oeople while u dnt blv in ur self.

  • buwaz - 2012-09-29 19:35

    It seems every miners need R12,500 I wonder how much government employees wil need soon R25,000 no more percentage,straight to the figures

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-09-29 19:37

    Hi ,vavi, i can see Malema is becoming a role model 2 u to,go juju lead them boy,put fire on their brown as*,theyll wake up

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-09-29 19:37

    Hi ,vavi, i can see Malema is becoming a role model 2 u to,go juju lead them boy,put fire on their brown as*,theyll wake up

  • Neal Sing - 2012-09-29 21:13

    Shame!Its shambles!He wont come!He can do nothing!Just return to work!A half loaf is better than NO loaf you bunch of loafers

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-30 13:58

    For a moment there I thought the article said: wait for him at KFC instead of KDC. The first would have made more sense, at least the chicken would still have been warm.

  • Hlompho Karabelo Motlejoa - 2012-10-01 15:59

    a diploma or a degree dasnt drill any rock bt a person without it does.....only those who r considerd ilitarate r on strike n those with qualifcntns aint,bt thrs no prodctn.....

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