Sit-in continues at Kumba mine

2012-10-06 16:08

Johannesburg - A sit-in by wildcat strikers at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine continued on Saturday, the company said.

"We are hoping to have another round of talks today," spokesperson Gert Schoeman said.

He said the group of "less that 300" workers staging the sit-in moved around somewhat, but mainly based themselves at one mine dump.

Kumba suspended production at Sishen Mine on Thursday due to the strikers blocking access to the pit, creating an unsafe environment for mining operations.

He said on Thursday, the strikers presented their demand of a R15 000 monthly increase for all staff.
"That is their only demand and they don't want to talk."

Earlier this week, Schoeman said Kumba concluded a two-year wage agreement with organised labour two months ago that made provision for a salary increase of between 9 and 12%, which was well above the rate of inflation.

Sishen Mine employs approximately 12 700 workers.

  • maruis.kleynhans - 2012-10-06 16:26

    Might be wrong with the amount, but kumba's workers got a R300000,00 bonus last year. That included all the workers.

      apansari2325 - 2012-10-06 16:53

      This is greed not need!! They did get more that 300k each employees and are getting dividend every year...

      johnny.ament.1 - 2012-10-06 16:53

      Thats true. Lower levels was closer to R400 000 after tax. Higher levels paid more tax on their returns but it was still above R300 000.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-06 17:46

      I think it was even more but just shows you money is a temporary incentive and is quickly forgotten and that's just what the problem is every year demands for rises that outstrip all economic and common sense result Zimbabwe inflation..

      Vince.York - 2012-10-07 10:14 it doesn't stop there!

  • Jacob Zooma - 2012-10-06 16:54

    Strike brethren, Strike! Resources is ours!

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-06 16:59

      You really know how to throw the fox amongst the chickens, don't you? I must admit, I chuckle at your comments and the vehement replies you get!

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-06 18:56

      Gooi die gat toe met hulle daarin

      heathway.master - 2012-10-06 19:10

      When I first started working, the first thing my parents told me was not to wipe my behind with my job. They told me it was one of the most precious things a person could have. These strikers have wiped their behinds with their jobs, and the mine should stand firm on never ever hiring them again. Let them learn than everyone is responsible for their own actions, and they must sleep in the bed they have made for themselves. As for threatening violence, they are continuously violent so what is at all different. Let mine security shoot them between the eyes as they carry out their job of protecting mine property. The whole of South Africa is now sick to death of the behaviour of these completely ungrateful and undeserving scum.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-10-06 23:38

      Sure.. strike this wedge deep enough until it (already) hurts Anglo - the 2nd. largest company in RSA and number 15 in world ranks that can pulverize this tip of Africa almost overnight. Interesting times ahead.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-10-06 16:57


  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-06 17:01

    It looks as if there is a party, and EVERYONE is invited. Any word yet on a municipal strike? I hear they are dying to join in as well!

  • Erna - 2012-10-06 17:53

    The simple fact is that no matter what these miners get paid, it will never be enough! They will continue living in shacks, have more than one 'family', get themselves into debtand next year demand more.

  • Marcel Marais - 2012-10-06 17:57

    lucky you have a good point these men work in dangerous places! but why do they have to go on illegal strikes? I am shore they never tried to do this peacefully!! this is what happens when there unions sit back and pocket there money and do nothing and when the sh#t hits te fan and people die the the unions want to say something! so yes I agree fight for what is yours but do it legal and try to do it peacefully!!

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-06 20:41

    let them sit if they want to, maybe they will wake up 2 months later still sitting. That is what like best to do, they even do it at work.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-06 20:47

    I never saw a black person going without 3 meals a day, that is the most important thing in their lives eating. Just cut off the water and food supply, no give them water.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-10-06 21:36

    There are more people looking for work than their is work available thus keeping salaries down basically supply and demand.

  • henry.zeiler - 2012-10-07 07:15

    This is greed. They received & sold shares, some close to R500 000 not so long ago. Today, their are more cars in Kathu then Trees.

      maleratom1 - 2012-10-07 23:27

      I culdnt agree more with u dis ppl are greedy if I was management I wud have dismissed all of dem dyr lot of ppl hu wants 2 go nd join dat mine cos of de high salaries dy get.

  • Francois Joubert - 2012-10-07 08:43

    Domino affect...

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-07 10:19

    SOLUTION forthcoming attraction @ The Palais Royal Nkandla

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