infamous Aurora Empowerment Systems in Grootvlei, Ekurhuleni, have left.
year, and 40% of their February salaries.
and their homes.
their own lives, says Solidarity’s Helping Hand charity.
co-worker found him and managed to stop him.
owns to make ends meet. “I can no longer afford to take my kids to school, let
alone put food on the table. I don’t know how long my family and I can survive
like this,” says the father of six.
that all outstanding salaries would be paid by June 21.
However, no money was
received. They have now promised to pay the miners by the end of July, when the
Global Emerging Markets (GEM) payment comes through.
However, we are very
sceptical that they will follow through with their promise.”
with GEM, a Swiss-based alternative investment group.
members are still at work because the mine has to be kept on a
care-and-maintenance programme. If these 100 workers stop working because of
non-payment, the mine will be flooded completely, causing an ecological
disaster as 108 megalitres of water a day will flow into nearby areas.
would take at least two months and millions of rands to get the mine up and
running again,” says Dykema.
Jacob Zuma’s nephew, has been clinching multimillion-rand deals with Asian
Dongfeng Automobile Company and signed a major deal with South Korean
Republic of Congo in the acquisition of two disputed oil blocks in Lake Albert
for firms he reportedly owns.
“Khulubuse Zuma has been clinching deals left, right and centre.
He is connected
and has influence, so everything comes easily. However, making deals is one
thing; being able to deliver on them is a whole other ball game.
these other lucrative deals will follow suit.”
the beginning of the year.
The Water Affairs Department has filed criminal
charges against the mine for pumping mine water into a protected wetland, while
Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has launched an investigation into Aurora’s
non-payment of unemployment levies.
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