JOHANNESBURG – Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday urged Sibanye-Stillwater to explore all possible options to ensure that as many jobs as possible are saved during the mining company's restructuring.
Earlier, Sibanye said it would begin consultations with relevant stakeholders in terms of Section 189A of the Labour Relations Act regarding the possible restructuring of its gold operations which might affect more than 6 000 workers.
The diversified miner said the restructuring process was as a result of ongoing financial losses experienced at Beatrix 1 shaft in the Free State and Driefontein 2,6,7,8 shafts in Gauteng during the 2018 financial year.
In a statement, the department said Mantashe was urging all stakeholders to engage in good faith to save jobs, adding that the department will engage with stakeholders in line with Section 52 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA).
"The minister remains committed to continuous engagement with stakeholders in the industry, in line with commitments by stakeholders in the Mining Leadership Compact," it said.