The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union says it is saddened by a 'tragic start to 2020' as three mine workers died while on duty last week.
AMCU says it may conclude a wage deal with producers as early as next week if "minor" outstanding issues can be resolved.
Another fatality has occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater's Thembelani shaft in Rustenburg, according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa said the union opposed the Sibanye-Lonmin merger with no support from government, adding that the government could not claim to be dismayed by job cuts that it failed to prevent.
In April the department of labour had issued a notice of intention to deregister the trade union due to non-compliance with its constitution.
South Africa marks seven years since the tragic mass shooting of 34 miners at Marikana, Rustenburg during a strike. Ten other people were also killed before that fateful day.
When the world’s biggest platinum miners sit down to hammer out a wage deal this week, they’ll hold two potentially winning cards in reserve: the cash and metal stockpiles to endure a strike.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union is meeting its members across the country’s Platinum Belt this week, before presenting demands to seven producers, Secretary General Jeffrey Mphahlele has said.
With the acquisition of Lonmin, Chief Executive Officer Neal Froneman has completed Sibanye’s transformation to a giant of SA's key platinum sector.
Lonmin plans to cut 4 100 workers at mines that have run out of profitable ore and are being closed.
Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Sibanye announced three-year wage deals with the National Union of Mineworkers, the Association of Metalworkers and Construction Union and Uasa.
Sibanye-Stillwater is hopeful that a wage agreement would be reached with trade union AMCU to avert a strike at its Rustenburg and Marikana operations after negotiations deadlocked.
Joseph Mathunjwa repeatedly turned to scripture as he gave an update on wage negotiations in the platinum sector.
Joseph Mathunjwa was on Friday re-elected to lead AMCU, extending his time at the helm of the labour movement he founded in 1998.
Leader of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in a scathing speech at the 7th commemoration of Marikana states that ANC is government for White Monopoly Capital (WMC),not for the people of South Africa.
South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union is making “slow, steady” progress on wage talks, but the offer from the former Lonmin operations was provoking a strike, its president said.
For a union leader that led the longest platinum-mining strike and which self-identifies as 'militant', AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa is sounding rather diplomatic.
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria sentenced two Eastern Cape men for trying to kill two AMCU members in Marikana, North West, .
The state-owned asset manager faces a tough choice: back Sibanye Gold’s takeover of Lonmin, and take a hit on its investment, or scupper the deal and risk having to pony up more cash for the platinum miner.
Judge Dennis Davis on Friday dismissed an appeal by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) who wanted an aproval by the Competition Tribunal for a merger between mining companies Sibanye-Stillwater and Lonmin set aside.
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