LILY MINE UPDATE: Workers get paid R650 each for a month's work

2016-05-04 13:20


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Barberton - Mineworkers who expected to receive full salaries from Lily Mine at the end of April will now have to rely on food parcels after the company only paid them R650 each.

The workers, who were stationed at the mine in Louieville outside Barberton before part of it collapsed in February, received their envelopes at the nearby Barbrook Mine over the weekend.

"Yes, we only managed to pay each worker R650 so far and we still have not secured extra funding,” said state-appointed business rescue practitioner at the mine, Rob Devereux.

He had met the Independent Development Corporation and said there was a “glimmer of hope on the horizon".

The developments had, however, not pleased trade union Solidarity.

“It is deplorable that both the workers and trade unions were kept in the dark with regard to the payment of salaries after the mine management and business rescue practitioner created hope among the workers just last week,” secretary general Gideon du Plessis said.

The union would distribute food parcels. Du Plessis believed the non-payment of workers’ full salaries would lead to the termination of all activities at the nearby Barbrook Mine, where Lily Mine workers were currently employed.

Vantage Goldfields owns both mines.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) demanded that the hundreds of workers at the mine get their salaries.

Union president Joseph Montisetse said they intended to fight tooth and nail to ensure that workers Yvonne Mnisi, Solomon Nyerenda and Pretty Nkambule, were rescued, dead or alive, so their families could find closure.

The three were in a lamp room housed in a shipping container on the surface of Lily Mine, when a central pillar of ore collapsed underground, causing a sinkhole, on February 5. The container fell into it and was buried under tons of rock. Several efforts to reach them have failed as the ground was too unstable.

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