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Thursday | 13 June | 2019 Swiss expert working on new standards for mining dam safety

According to Mining Weekly a Swiss environmental expert will make a fact-finding trip this week to the site of the Vale dam disaster in Brazil to start work on setting new dam safety standards for miners. The safety of dams used to store mining waste, known as tailings, gained prominence  … Read more

Wednesday | 12 June | 2019 Sibanye nearly halves expected job losses at its SA mines

Mining Weekly reports that a consultation process with stakeholders regarding the restructuring of Sibanye-Stillwater’s SA gold operations has resulted in expected job losses being nearly halved to 3 450. When it embarked on the retrenchment process in February, the precious metals producer had expected 5 870 Sibanye employees and 800  … Read more

Wednesday | 05 June | 2019 Strike violence easily tolerated as normal; must be outlawed

According to Business Live, Neil Coetzer, partner at Cowan-Harper-Madikizela Attorneys and research fellow at the University of the Free State, writes that the recent strike at Sibanye once again highlighted the sorry state of SA’s industrial relations. The strike lasted about five months and was marred by more than 100  … Read more

Thursday | 30 May | 2019 More Standard Bank branch closures on the cards

The Sunday Independent reported that more job losses in the banking sector are on the cards after Standard Bank last week said it would not rule out further branch closures as more of its customers bank through digital platforms. The bank’s chief executive for personal and business banking, Funeka Montjane,  … Read more

Thursday | 30 May | 2019 Carbon Tax Act signed into law; effective from 1 June

President Cyril Ramaphosa had signed the Carbon Tax Act into law and it will come into effect on June 1, the National Treasury said on Sunday. The Act was gazetted on May 23, together with the Customs and Excise Amendment Act, the Treasury said in a statement. “Climate change represents  … Read more

Thursday | 23 May | 2019 Platinum belt braces for talks, Amplats CEO not worried

Business Times writes that Chris Griffith, CEO of the world’s largest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), says he is not losing any sleep about the coming wage talks. The platinum belt, which North-West University politics professor André Duvenhage has described as “probably the most volatile environment in the country,”  … Read more

Thursday | 23 May | 2019 Lonmin plans to cut 4100 workers as it closes platinum mines

According to Mining Weekly, Lonmin plans to cut 4 100 workers at mines that have run out of profitable ore and are being closed. The platinum producer has started a process that Is required under South African labour law to carry out the workforce reductions, said Wendy Tlou, a spokesperson  … Read more

Friday | 17 May | 2019 Solidarity – one word with so many possibilities

At Solidarity, your interests are paramount. We are a pro-work trade union that works every day to protect you in your workplace. Furthermore, Solidarity wants to assist you in achieving your dreams for finding a good job. We enable our members and their children to find and keep a good  … Read more

Friday | 17 May | 2019 Boksburg Service Office – Pleased to meet you!

Solidarity has several service offices across South Africa where members, in their own province, have a home where they are being represented. In Gauteng, members are represented by, among others, the Boksburg Service Office. This means that members in Gauteng may come to our office for legal aid and other  … Read more

Thursday | 16 May | 2019 Concerns about GEPF’s long-term funding

Business Times writes that concerns about the funding and governance of state pensions continue to plague the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), leaving members and pensioners anxious. Last week, Adamus Stemmet, spokesperson for the Association of Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions (AMAGP), said conflicting statements from the GEPF about  … Read more

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