Mines have a mandate to engage DMR before announcing job cuts says DG

Advocate Thabo Mokoena, Director General of Mineral Resources, says it is worrying that mines are contemplating cutting jobs.

This follows an announcement from Gold Fields that it is planning to lay off up to 1,560 employees at its South Deep mine. Impala Platinum also made a job cutting announcement of 13 000 jobs in the next two years.

Mokoena says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has released a statement expressing his dissatisfaction with the manner in which Gold Fields has handled the situation.

He says mines are encouraged to have meaningful discussions with the department before making such announcements.

Read: Gold Fields says it's left with no choice but to cut jobs

We are seeing a trend that the department will just be notified on the eve of making such an announcement that the mine is contemplating on retrenching such a number of employees. This is worrying to us as a department.

Thabo Mokoena, Director General of Mineral resources

As the regulator, we would actually want them to come to us in advance to present their case at the department so that we can be able to look at various options that may be viable.

Thabo Mokoena, Director General of Mineral resources

Mokoena says when these mines make such announcements they cause unnecessary panic and that should be avoided at all costs.

He says there are various stakeholders that should be consulted before these kinds of decisions are made.

We always say to the mines that they must opt for Section 52 because it is a platform that allows all the parties to be engaged.

Thabo Mokoena, Director General of Mineral resources

There are also forums that they must utilise so that when there is a decision to retrench or to scale down, at least all the stakeholders in that space will be knowing that were engaged thoroughly on these matters.

Thabo Mokoena, Director General of Mineral resources

The department says it is looking at different options to make sure that it alleviate the impact of job losses.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Advocate Thabo Mokoena, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
KFC couple asks for time as they deliberate on wedding plans

KFC couple asks for time as they deliberate on wedding plans

The man who proposed at KFC says the outpouring of love and support has left him and his partner speechless.

Interviews for Deputy PP well underway

Interviews for Deputy PP well underway

Eight candidates were nominated from a list of 19 individuals.

Unions and SAA at loggerheads over planned restructuring process

Unions and SAA at loggerheads over planned restructuring process

Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola and SAA interim chief financial officer Deon Fredericks discuss looming retrenchments.

Gold Fields says it's left with no choice but to cut jobs

Gold Fields says it's left with no choice but to cut jobs

Gold Fields Spokesperson Sven Lunsche explains who will be affected by the job cuts.

How a mining industry working group is addressing the problem of lung disease

How a mining industry working group is addressing the problem of lung disease

1000s of miners with silicosis are preparing to sue some of our largest gold mines. Bruce Whitfield interviews Graham Briggs.

Some JSE-listed companies 'not forthcoming with truth' on green practices - CER

Some JSE-listed companies 'not forthcoming with truth' on green practices - CER

Many of SA’s biggest listed companies are not forthcoming with the truth about their environmental compliance, says the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Popular articles
'South Africans have to show greater respect for our farmers'

'South Africans have to show greater respect for our farmers'

“I spent a year travelling 100 000 km [crisscrossing SA researching farmers]. It changed my perspective,” says author Ivor Price.

'Drought is so bad that farmers are taking own lives'

'Drought is so bad that farmers are taking own lives'

South African Water Warriors co-convenor Isabel Coetzee says the country cannot sit back and lose farmers because of the crises.

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

The all-female team of sports physiotherapists played a key role in the management team backing the Boks during the World Cup.

Caller defends Sho Madjozi's two-channels statement

Caller defends Sho Madjozi's two-channels statement

Eusebius McKaiser and callers debate issues from the Sho Madjozi to the Springboks.

BEE has not worked, says Capitec CEO

BEE has not worked, says Capitec CEO

Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie explains the challenges the bank, named Top 100 Company of the Year, faces.

'Aarto Act could be used by Sanral to enforce e-toll compliance'

'Aarto Act could be used by Sanral to enforce e-toll compliance'

Justice Project SA chair Howard Dembovsky says the act presumes a motorist to be guilty until he or she proves they are innocent.

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Khanyi Mbau's message for iPhone charger cable thieves goes viral

[WATCH] Khanyi Mbau's message for iPhone charger cable thieves goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.