Hundreds of workers from Sibanye- Stillwater have gathered in large groups at the gold mine’s headquarters, Driefontein, where talks for negotiations between the resentful unions and the mine will bat around.
The lobby groups includes different mineworkers from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) across the gold mine’s regions from Driefontein, Kloof and Beatrix.
The strike at Sibanye, has been intensified for over 73 days from now since workers have downed tools demanding a monthly hike of R1,000.
Previous negotiation meetings between the company and the unions failed to find a resolution to the conflict over wages.
The mine’s head boss and CEO Neal Froneman was awarded an astounding R300 million in 2021,and this angered both workers unions, AMCU and NUM, where they staged a protest.
Amongst the deep concerns that lead to the unions to hand down tools, Froneman refused to give a hike to the lowest paid employees, and this fueled fire to the protest.
Sibanye has instead opted to table a final offer of R850, which includes an increase of R50 in the living-out allowance, but the strikers have refused to go with this option, they have vowed to declare a war if the management insist with this offer.
On Thursday, mineral resources and energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, announced during his budget vote speech that, his department could look to revoke Sibanye-Stillwater’s mining rights as there’s no settlement in sight.
Section 47 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act gives the minister power to suspend or cancel rights, permits or permissions in certain circumstances.
Here are live scenes from Driefontein: